Employees may recognize discrimination when it occurs on the job, or when a position is terminated because of someone's religious beliefs, for example. With this being said, it is essential for people to keep in mind that discrimination occurs in other ways as well. In fact, discrimination can target someone who may not even work for a particular company and create a number of challenges for them, both financial and psychological. For example, a job applicant may be discriminated against because of their gender, sexual orientation, faith, disability or some other factor which is against the law.
Sometimes, people experience discrimination during the hiring process and do not even realize it. After all, many hiring managers will not directly tell someone that they are being turned down as a result of their gender or age. Surprisingly, this does happen, however, and it can be absolutely devastating. Someone who is told that they are too old to apply for a job that they would be perfectly qualified to take on might become discouraged and feel like giving up. Moreover, someone may be told that because of their gender they cannot apply for a position, and this can be equally devastating.
If you have experienced discrimination while you were applying for a position, or are unsure if you were discriminated against but suspect that your rights were violated, it is important to explore any legal avenues available to you. We believe that discrimination during the hiring process should never be tolerated under any circumstances.