I'm on a lifelong mission to help people focus on their similarities, not their differences. It's a tough road because discrimination is often subtle, rarely talked about, and usually, unwitting. Otherwise caring, educated people would be shocked to recognize how their upbringing, world view, and environment influence their thinking – often unintentionally and unknowingly. Won’t you take a moment to share your discrimination stories? Have you or someone you know been discriminated against in the workplace because of “differences” due to race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, or another characteristic that differs among people? Have you witnessed acts of discrimination by others, wittingly or unwittingly? If so, share your discrimination story.Share Your Thoughts
- I was working in this place for five to six months. When they first hired me they gave me four days per week, but in my second week after I got hired he took one day from my schedule, and then another day, too. The reason was because some of his friends were getting out of jail, and some he tells me that he's hired somebody else. I'm going to kill it, tell him my two days I have left plus two more days. But he couldn't give it to me when I needed it. That is not right.
- —Guest Rene escobar
Promotion was passed.
- I have completed management training properly and was told that I would get the promotion quite a few times and was passed with lame reasons. Someone else (who didn't actively attend the discussion) got promoted and I was put to report to her. I have nothing against her, just that the person is not ready to be at this position just yet. I just couldn't point out a way and only could hear lame excuses. Very sad to see this happening in a very nice country on earth. Very much demotivated.
- —Guest DemotivatedEmployee
- I would like an expert view in a case of disciplinary action taken by my employer against me. I find it as an act of discrimination to be blamed for the actions of one of my family members. The story is simple: we have have a policy in place in our workplace which states: employees are not allowed to buy products and resell those goods for profit. If this is proven, will be classified as an act of gross misconduct. I have been accused of of gross misconduct. However! it is my family member who had the intention of selling those goods for profit without me knowing. I am now facing disciplinary hearing because of my family member's actions and doing. I find this very difficult to accept as first it wasn't me who tried selling those goods for profit, second: there are no evidence of any sales and also the policy does not state what a family member can do or can't do with products which I have purchased for them as gifts. Can you please share your view regarding this matter? Many thanks!
- —Guest Nicolae
Spoke up for member of staff
- I have had a constructive dismissal because I spoke up to a supervisor who was constantly making racial comments to a French member of staff...all reported to office - hushed up. Supervisor still in situation.
- —Guest henry.......kent
Used and abused
- Over the past 6 years I've had my overtime taken from me and given to my bully supervisor who already has been ripping off overtime off other workers, all coworkers are upset and unhappy. Others have spoken up but are still treated unfairly, but I cop most of punishment. Whenever I speak up I'm threatened to keep quiet or face termination. This same bully fraudently bodgeyed up a forklift safety check months on end was given no warning. I was told to stay silent or look for a job. On a few occasions I was even told I don't qualify for overtime because I still live at home with my parents. This same boss organised with my bully supervisor to assault another worker because they didn't like him then documented that the terminated employee threw the first punch who is now out of employment. This same boss has told me to send faulty quality products, then denied it when the customer was unhappy. I was told I need to check the jobs correctly.
- —Guest doormat
- My manager spoke to others that he wanted me fired. Now I was fired without a warning for anger because I spoke up over our poor travel arrangements. Months ago an employee who had anger issues attacked me physically and he still works there after 2 warnings and an intervention all of us helped him with.
Clearly showed favoritism
- I had applied at L'occitane last year before the holiday season. I interviewed but was not offered a position even though I have a lot of experience in retail and related areas. I did end up getting a job at their outlet store which was also seasonal. Started off nicely until the employees gave me a hard time. Why, cuz I'm a certain race or religion? It clearly showed I was treated differently. Anyway, I did have a lot of product knowledge and have been using their products for years. I did great with customers; again, my religion and ethnicity was the reason why I wasn't kept on as a part time associate, and it just became more & more obvious cuz the store manager showed favoritism towards this other seasonal grl. (Who isn't minority or same religion) It's so sad people are this ignorant and don't look at the skills one can contribute. Well my seasonal job obviously ended & I was trying to stay in the company since I knew so much. I was never considered. I will pursue this matter further!
- —Guest Nkh
- I got bullied in school because of my religion so don't worry about it. I always get left out and I think this is because I believe in god so people pick on me :)
- —Guest moni
Maybe it was supposed to happen to you?
- If you don't speak up, it reinforces others' behavior and policies. If you understand you have been discriminated against. maybe it was supposed to happen to you. Maybe it happen because you're stronger than the next. You can be a warrior against it. Think of those who are unaware of their own rights: children or Intellectually challenged. Injustice to some...is injustice to all humanity.
- —Guest Veteran1986
Racism AGAINST the Boss!
- Why do people always assume it's the employee who is the victim? I am a supervisor to 20 employees, and there is an African American woman here who harbors the idea that I am bias toward her. I have several employees of different ethnicity including African American, Latino, Persian, etc.. all across the ethnic spectrum. Everybody is treated THE SAME.. without exception. She has had a fit over her schedule, and just is rasing the biggest stink. She's trying to run the office from the bottom up, and making the ENTIRE office miserable. Of course she is beginning the "discrimination" talk. She has been insubordinate in so many ways, confrontational, disrespectful, etc. So what am I to do? If I had my way, I would fire her, but that would end up in court. (Document everything carefully with dates and times, to start.)
- —Guest Paul
Mother And Daughter working together
- I was hired at dollar general where my mother is working. My manager knew we were family members. I started October 1, 2013. The district manager found out two weeks later. She was mad but didn't do anything about it. My mom found out as long as she is not the manager, I am ok to work there. Well, Jan 12 the district manager told my manager since she hired my mom she has to let me go. Why did she wait all this time to tell her this. Is there a law stating that family members can't work together because my mother and I worked at golden carol together. The manager and the district manager knew about it but it wasn't a problem for the both of them.
- —Guest Courtney Bollard
Till$ always short
- I work at Arco mPm "gas station." My store manager and her "daughter "(assistant manager) always tell me my drawer is short and I have to pay it back. It's not just me. Most of my coworkers and I've been working there for about 5 months now and I've noticed that they would always make my drawer short every other week and they would ask me and set me up on that so called "Payment plan." I knew something was wrong so I called and told the store owner and pretty much told him everything and he said that I don't ever have to pay anything back. So I was wondering if there's anything I can do. I bust my tail on this job and I get along with everyone. I don't get how people can do such evil acts. (We'd like to hear the end of the story, but you did the right thing in calling the owner.)
- —Guest jerwin dizon
- I have been working in a factory for a year now and i am not getting paid for my half hour lunch break, when others are. I am doing the same job and not getting a overtime premium when others are. I am doing the same job as others but not getting the same pay as i am on minimum wage. Is this discrimination. kind regards, mick (Hi Mick, It is certainly different treatment but nothing that you say here demonstrates discrimination. Go to HR or your manager and make inquiries as to why this is happening. Are you a contractor, not an employee, or a temp by chance? They must pay you overtime if you work over 40 hours in your work wee, so you may also want to call your state department of labor.)
- —Guest mick
Passed for promotion and lied to
- I've worked for my company for 3 years. I always do work other people don't do and are supposed to do. I've had managers talk to me in a rude context numerous times as well. I've asked my manager about being promoted when I know I can do the work. I was told internals can't move up. He promoted two internal employees and never presented me with the open opportunity that was available...even though I asked numerous times. I've never received any writes ups during my duration for this company and I meet all the work demands and give 110% every time I work. I can do everything in the work place.
- —Guest brianlovesmusic
Hostile Work and Terminated
- I have worked for a company for almost a year and terminated, I switched shifts to get away from the hostility but just made things worse, I was trained in all departments as coverage, my supervisor was misinformed that I was being trained to take his job, and a rumor I was a niece of a boss, not true, I have been retaliated against for not following through on signing incident forms that was not true against other coworkers my supervisor wanted terminated. He's had incidents made up against me as well that were untrue and had to prove myself, which caused retaliation, and harassment, very hostile work invirement, I been yelled at, cursed at, extra work assigned that made my job very hard to keep up with in a safe way, lifting up to 80 lbs, seeing and hearing my supervisor make sexual comments and disgusting behavior to a QA employee, list goes on, now I been terminated pointed out because of a time clock issue that was never fixed, missed a meeting no one was aware of, ect...ect. (You can speak with your state department of labor to see if you have a case. You really are better off out of there. I know that doesn't help if you are currently unemployed.)
- —Guest Lelo