Even in today’s age of relative enlightenment, employment discrimination is real and should never be dismissed or ignored. If you are an employer, you should be conscious of and committed to treating your employees and prospective employees fairly and equitably. As an employee, you need to know that you have the right to be treated fairly – without regard to any personal identifier, be it race, gender, religion, or almost anything else.
Changes for 2017
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released an updated Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) to begin in fiscal year 2017. In essence, an SEP represents an outline of where the EEOC intends to focus its attention and resources in the years to come – while continuing to enforce all current laws regarding discrimination.
The EEOC has identified six areas of national priority to begin in 2017:
- Eliminating barriers to recruitment and hiring, including racially-focused background checks, inquiries into date of birth, and disability-focused medical questions;
- Protecting those communities that are underserved and vulnerable to employment discrimination;
- Addressing issues as they emerge and develop;
- Continuing to monitor for equitable pay;
- Maintaining equal access to legal guidance; and
- Implementing holistic prevention programs against systematic harassment.
These priorities are important to employers and employees alike. As employees, you need to be aware not only of your rights but also of how you are being treated in relation to those rights. As an employer, you need to be aware of the EEOC’s changing priorities and how you can contribute to creating a business culture in which your employees can thrive.
Signs of Employment Discrimination
Discrimination in the workplace is often subtle (the discriminator may not even be consciously aware) and is certainly difficult to prove. There are several signs, however, that are potentially indicative of employment discrimination:
- Lack of employee diversity;
- Roles that are stereotypically allotted according to gender;
- Lack of equitable promotion;
- Reviews that are not reflective of employee’s skills; and
- Alienation (either professionally or socially).
Discrimination in the workplace can be difficult to pinpoint and to prove, but its effects can be devastating. If you think you may be experiencing such discrimination or if you believe you’ve witnessed this kind of discrimination, do not turn a blind eye; help is available.
Contact a New Jersey Employment Discrimination Attorney Today
Discriminating against any employee – on a range of personal identifiers – is not only harmful but is also against the law and shouldn’t be tolerated. If you are suffering from the adverse effects of discriminatory treatment on the job, do not hesitate to contact David H. Kaplan, Attorney at Law – an experienced and skilled New Jersey employment discrimination lawyer with the expertise and commitment to help you. For a free consultation, please give us a call at 973-426-0021 today.