Could a lack of promotion equal discrimination?

There are many ways that discrimination happens in the workplace. People often think of it as losing your job due to your gender, age or race, or they consider being denied a job in the first place. If someone refuses to hire you based on a protected class, that is also discrimination.

One thing that is important to keep in mind is that you can certainly be discriminated against and still have and maintain your job. The fact that you haven’t been fired and that you were hired in the first place may not mean that your workplace is quite as fair and inclusive as it should be.

Why weren’t you given the promotions?

For instance, maybe a number of promotions have come up over the years. You’re not expecting to be handed everything for free, but you have put your name in for all these promotions and been passed over — despite your excellent qualifications. Why has this happened?

If you had the exact same experience as a worker of a different ethnic background, you may worry that your race plays a role. Or perhaps you’ve noticed that all the promotions go to male workers and female workers never seem to get them. Or, maybe younger workers are getting promoted over you, showing that you may be facing discrimination because of your age.

There are many ways that this can happen, and it can be very frustrating. You can feel like your career is out of your hands at this point and that you’re being treated unfairly. Make sure you are well aware of all of the legal steps you need to take to protect your future.

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