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Category Archives: discrimination at work

Common Types of Workplace Discrimination

Under federal and state employment law, employees are protected from workplace discrimination. Workplace discrimination includes hiring, compensating, promoting, or firing employees based on their membership in a protected class. Under federal law, protected classes include age, disability, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, and sex: Age An employee may file a claim if she is age 40 […]

What Characterizes a Hostile Work Environment

Under federal and District of Columbia law, workplace discrimination includes claims of a “hostile work environment.” But what is a hostile work environment? In Baird v. Gotbaum, [1] an employee claimed that she was subjected to a hostile work environment consisting of name-calling, rude emails, lost tempers, and workplace disagreements. The D.C. Circuit ruled that such “ordinary tribulations of the workplace” are […]