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3 common ways employers discriminate against employees

Most people are aware of the fact that discrimination in the workplace exists. What is not as easy to determine is whether your own employer has used discriminatory practices against you. It is important to understand some of the more common ways that employers may discriminate against potential hires or their own employees so you can protect yourself and stand up for your rights.

If you are unsure whether you have been the target of workplace discrimination, you should gather more information about the employee discrimination laws in your state. For example, in Las Vegas, there are many types of service sector employees who may have experienced discrimination under Nevada's laws prohibiting job discrimination. A qualified attorney can assist you in understanding your rights. Here are a few ways employers may discriminate in the workplace.

1. Age discrimination

Under Nevada state law, an employer cannot discriminate against you because of your age if you are over 40. There are various ways this type of discrimination can occur, including job announcements, apprenticeship programs that limit participants to a certain maximum age or denial of benefits to employees over a certain age. 

2. Sexual orientation

One of the demographics that employers may discriminate against include employees who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. There are differences in federal law and state law when it comes to the specifics of this type of discrimination. That is why it is important to consult with a lawyer in order to understand your rights if you feel you have been a victim of discrimination based on your sexual orientation. In Nevada, there is a law that protects employees against discrimination for sexual orientation. 

3. Disability

If you have a disability that requires specific accommodations in the workplace and your employer does not provide those accommodations, you may have a case of disability discrimination. Employers must make "reasonable accommodations", a term which is often left open to interpretation. It can be difficult to determine exactly what accommodations an employer must provide by law. 

Laws against employee discrimination should protect you from unjust situations due to a particular condition or situation that is unique to you as an employee. There is no justification for an employer taking advantage of you by discriminating against you, and that is why it is in your best interest to properly inform yourself through a legal consultation if you feel your employer has violated your rights under the law.

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