Definition of Discrimination & Discrimination Stories



I have included the definition of discrimination along with links to some discrimination stories that will act as examples and hopefully help you to understand how discrimination in the workforce can happen.

There are several federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination, and to be honest it can be overwhelming if you are not prepared.

Just to clarify I have covered Sexual Harassment and Sex Discrimination on a separate page of this website.
















Definition of Discrimination


The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, also known as the EEOC, is the Federal Agency that enforces all the below Acts.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

This Act prohibits employment discrimination based on religion, race to include color, national origin, and sex.

This Act covers many institutions including private employers with fifteen or more employees.

Equal Pay Act of 1963 - also known as EPA

This Act protects male and female employees that perform substantially the same work in the same workplace from wages that are based on the sex of the employee.

Basically all employers are subject to the provisions of this Act.

Title I and Title V of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 - also known as ADA

This Act provides protection for those individuals with disabilities that are qualified to perform the work.

This Act covers many institutions including private employers with fifteen or more employees.



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Complete the Open Blocks to Prepare an Employee Written Warning Notice



Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 - also known as ADEA

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This Act protects applicants and employees who are 40 years of age and older.

This Act covers many institutions including private employers with twenty or more employees.





Related Topics


African American Discrimination

Example Discrimination Story about Religion.

Example Discrimination Story about National Origin.

Example Discrimination Story about Age

Black Discrimination still Exists

Discrimination Stories!

Understanding the Age Discrimination Law

Discrimination Law - Be Carefull!

What to Do About Gender Discrimination In the Workplace!

Federal Discrimination Law for Employers!

Employment Racial Discrimination: Have You Been Discriminated Against?

Understanding Florida Discrimination Law

Things to Consider When Creating a Hostile Work Environment Policy

Following The Anti Discrimination Law Helps You Avoid An EEOC Claim!

Are Anti Discrimination Laws Good For Business?

Definition of Hostile Work Environment – You Be the Judge!

What Does It Take to File An EEOC Hostile Work Environment Claims?

Age Discrimination in the Workplace Is Real

What is Work Place Harassment?



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Additional Definitions of Discrimination


It is critical to include a policy on discrimination in your employee handbook.

In general it is against the law to discriminate any potential employee or employee in any of the following areas;

Recruiting - Hiring - Termination - Employment Advertising - Training - Benefits - Payor Compensation - Retirement Programs - Disability or Other Types of Leave Programs - Promotions - Layoffs - Recall from Layoffs - Transfers - Assignments - and any other form or condition of employment.

It is also against the law to retaliate against someone that filed a charge of discrimination.

Additionally, you can not discriminate against someone that is married to, or has an association with any of the protected classes, or an individual with a disability.

Finally, anyone that bases an employment decision on stereotypes, or makes general assumptions about a person's abilities as it relates to the protected class's, is against the law.


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