Subtle signs of workplace discrimination

On Behalf of | May 8, 2023 | Employment Law

Workplace discrimination is not always as obvious as a blatant statement.

Sometimes you can find subtle examples in policies and passive behavior. Consider some common signs of workplace discrimination people often miss.

Lack of diversity

One obvious but commonly overlooked sign of discrimination is the lack of diversity in staffing. If the employee pool is homogeneous, lacking diversity of gender, race or age, it could be an indication of discrimination during the hiring process.

Unequal pay

Most people do not realize that you have a right to discuss your salary with your co-workers. Employers sometimes prohibit employees from talking about their salaries to disguise the fact they pay people in the same position and with similar experience unequal amounts. This could be a sign of discrimination, especially if someone of a different race, age or gender makes less than their counterpart.

Inappropriate interview questions

Sometimes you can pick up on early signs of discrimination in your interview. For example, if the interviewer asks questions about your marital status, age or disability, that is inappropriate and not job-related. Making offensive remarks about gender or sexuality would also be a huge red flag.

Harsh communications

Everyone has the right to feel comfortable in their workplace. If your co-workers or employer make offensive or belittling remarks, creating a hostile work environment, you may have a case for discrimination.

Workplace discrimination is illegal and subject to civil action under federal and state laws. If you suspect or have evidence of discrimination at your job, you should report it immediately.