Employment Discrimination: Frequently Asked Questions

Employment discrimination can impact your entire career, your standard of living and your family. However, it can often be hard to determine whether specific experiences constitute employment discrimination.

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about employment discrimination. We encourage you to contact us at Kasieta Legal Group, LLC, to discuss your situation with an experienced employment lawyer.

What is a protected class?

Wisconsin and federal laws protect against employment discrimination based on a broad range of protected classes. Under federal law, these include race, color, sex, age, religion, pregnancy, national origin and disability. Wisconsin law also protects workers against discrimination based on sexual orientation.

What are different forms of employment discrimination?

Hiring and firing decisions are most commonly singled out as discriminatory, but discrimination in any part of the employment process can be considered employment discrimination. This can include disparities in pay and other benefits, as well as decisions involving promotions, job assignments, layoffs and classification. In the hiring process, discrimination can occur in how employers recruit, test and train for jobs.

Is harassment a form of discrimination?

Yes. Workplace sexual harassment is considered a form of sex discrimination, and harassment based on your membership of another protected class is also considered discrimination, if it contributes to creating a hostile work environment.

What should I do if I'm being discriminated against at work?

If possible, you should discuss your situation with your supervisor or the human resources department and follow any protocol for reporting discriminatory behavior. You should also take detailed notes of what has happened and save any documents, emails or other physical evidence. If your employer is not able to address the discriminatory behavior, you should talk to a lawyer about other options.

Get Answers To All Your Questions

You do not have to face workplace discrimination alone. We can help you determine the best course of action for your situation. Call Kasieta Legal Group, LLC, at 800-858-6063 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney at our Madison office.

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