Discrimination happens frequently in the workplace and during the hiring process in the construction industry. Whether the discrimination is done intentionally or unintentionally, it is against the law. If a current employee on your job site or a job applicant seeking employment with your company feels they have been treated unfairly due to their race, sex, or religion, they can file a complaint at the federal and state level or both. Federal discrimination laws are enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR) enforces discrimination laws at the state level.
The Sarasota construction attorneys of Trent Cotney P.A. want you to be aware of the type of discrimination complaints that can escalate into a lawsuit.
Types of Discrimination
According to employment laws the following types of discrimination are prohibited:
- Genetic and medical
- Harassment (including sexual)
- National origin discrimination
- Marital status
- Race and color
Discrimination During the Hiring Process
Discrimination can happen in several ways including applicant discrimination, background checks, and during the pre-screening and interviewing process. Liabilities can be avoided by:
- Making job applications available to all people regardless of race, gender, or age
- Asking only legal questions during the interviewing process
- Conducting unbiased background checks and refraining from inquiring about an individual’s medical history
Most laws are complex so it is best to understand laws at the federal and local level to be sure you are in compliance. If there is any concern regarding discrimination on your job site, we highly recommend you contact a Sarasota construction lawyer for legal counsel.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.