Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation

As an employee of a private employer, you are generally protected from:

  • Discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, disability, religion, age, and genetic information; and
  • Retaliation.

Specifically, your employer cannot discriminate against you by taking actions such as the following:

  • Failing to hire you;
  • Terminating your employment;
  • Paying you less than co-workers in similar situations; or
  • Denying you a promotion.

You may also be entitled to reasonable accommodations because of the following:

  • Your religion; or
  • Your disability.

The reasonable accommodations you may be entitled to because of your religion include the following:

  • Giving you a leave of absence for a religious holiday;
  • Allowing you to wear your religious clothing such as a hijab, a kufi, turban or dastar; and
  • Allowing you to time to pray.

The reasonable accommodations you may be entitled to because of your disability include the following:

  • Providing you assistance with reading or writing or other aspects of your job so you can perform your job duties;
  • Providing you a leave of absence for an illness; and
  • Transferring you to an open position that you are qualified for.

If you believe you have been discriminated or retaliated against, you must file a charge of discrimination within 300 days of the discrimination.

For more information about discrimination and retaliation involving private workers, please see the following website: http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/statutes/index.cfm.