Defining Employment Discrimination

Discrimination on employment indicates many ways in which employers should treat potential candidates and employees in different protected categories. This abuse is not legal under several anti-discrimination acts of the federal government. Nevertheless, employers can start discrimination against candidates during the recruitment process in numerous cases, and this may not be legal.

Discrimination at work can be onerous if not properly dealt with and can distress the reputation of an enterprise. Employers should know exactly what employment discrimination is as well as how to prevent it, whether they have one or many employees.

Employment Law

Discrimination in the Workplace

Discrimination is harmful at work which can affect employment, firing, advocacy, wages, employment contracts, training, benefits, dismissals, depending on the age of the person, gender and sexual orientation, weight, race, religious background, national background, pregnancy and disability, bankruptcy.

Discrimination laws are there for protecting both current and prospective employees. If an employee feels discriminated at work, they can file their complaint with help from our employment lawyers in OKC with the United States EEOC.


Employers are prohibited from discriminating based on gender when they pay the salary for men and women of the same qualifications, responsibility, skills and position. Companies are also prohibited from reducing the wage of a single sex so that the salaries of men and women remain equal.


The Bankruptcy Act does not allow employers to discriminate based on an employee’s status as bankrupt or their association with a bankruptcy applicant.


Although some States may have enacted weight discrimination protection, this category is often included with discrimination on the basis of appearance. However, a person who is excessively overweight is likely protected by statutes for discrimination against persons with disabilities. Just as appearance discrimination, gender discrimination could occur if a double standard is applied to women on the basis of weight.

Age Discrimination

Age Discrimination

Law protects against age-based discrimination. Though there are a few exceptions, companies are restricted to specify age preferences in their job advertisements. Regardless of their age, employees should get the same benefits age.

Pregnancy-Based Discrimination

Furthermore, discrimination on the grounds of pregnancy is not legal. Employers are obligated to treat their pregnant employees in a way that requires special consideration for a temporary health condition or other non-permanent condition.

Sexual harassment

In the workplace, sexual harassment involving unwanted verbal or physical sexual advances or requests for sexual benefits is illegal.

A disable man working in workplace


Under the ADA and Rehabilitation Act, an employer is not allowed to make discriminatory decisions or actions toward current or future employees because of a previous health condition or physical or mental disability. The employer must also provide these employees with reasonable working accommodation.

Race & Religion

According to Civil Rights Act of 1964 (CRA) employees or applicants cannot be racially discriminated against by employers. CRA also prohibits discrimination based on religious beliefs by employers. Unless it imposes an excessive burden on an employer, employers shall make any reasonable accommodation these employees may need for religious practices.

If you face unfair treatment in your workplace on the basis of your age, gender or similar immutable characteristic and it has affected your professional and personal life, contact our employment lawyers in OKC. At Mazaheri Law Firm we will help our clients to get justice according to the U.S. laws.

** Disclaimer: This blog content is no substitute for legal advice and in no way implies a lawyer-client relationship.