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What is unfair treatment of employees?

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Unfair treatment of employees could be due to an employee's or a job applicant's race or color. An animus toward racial characteristics, beyond skin color, also falls under the umbrella of unfair treatment; for example, if an employer exhibits such treatment toward employees who have a certain hair texture due to their race. All forms of unfair treatment in the workplace, including those based on race or national origin, constitute employment discrimination, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has laws to protect American citizens from such harmful practices.

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Unfair treatment can also be directed toward employees due to their national origin. Their ethnicity may be subjected to derogatory or offensive comments. Sometimes the employee under attack may not even be from the alleged country or nation.

Other areas of unfair treatment include religion, sex, age, especially toward those who are over 40 years old, and disability, according to the EEOC. Under the law, an employer must respect all employees' rights as regards their religious beliefs and practices. Moreover, they must make reasonable accommodations to support such employees who may have special requests that pertain to their form of worship.

If an employee is lied to by an employer, that too constitutes unfair treatment, says Dr. Anna Marie Valerio, an executive coach.

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