The word “discrimination” is used in many different ways to describe many situations, and not all discrimination is prohibited by law. Only discrimination based on your status as a member of a “protected class” is prohibited by law. A termination, demotion, refusal to hire, etc. that is unfair, unjust, unkind, or unusual is not necessarily unlawful discrimination.
Based upon race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, public assistance status, gender identity or local human rights commission activity, may all be protected in your state. It is unlawful for any employer to:
- Refuse to hire
- Discharge an employee
- Or discriminate against a person with respect to hiring, tenure, compensation, terms, upgrading, conditions, facilities, or privileges of employment.