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What is Workplace Discrimination?

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Workplace Discrimination is employment discrimination that occurs when a job applicant or employee is mistreated based on his or her race, national origin, gender, disability, religion, or age. This lesson defines employment discrimination and looks at Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Title VII applies to employers engaging in interstate commerce (with over 15 employees), employment agencies, and labor organizations.  It is therefore illegal for organizations that fit any of these criteria to engage in workplace discrimination against an employee.

Most commonly, workplace discrimination applies to hiring, termination, promotion, etc. but any form of mistreatment based on race, religion, sex, age, or ability, can be workplace discrimination.

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A well known example is Gloria Parks was 54 when she was fired from her job of 30 years. Parks worked as a medical assistant at a Cleveland, Ohio, hospital. She was terminated after a patient identification mishap involving Parks and a younger co-worker.

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