Although most people are employed "at will," meaning that there is always an understanding that complete job security is never a certainty, there are still protections in place based on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) standards. These standards forbid discrimination based on age, gender, race, sexual orientation or disability status.
It may often seem easy to spot the signs of employment discrimination or harassment. Unfortunately, workers in any protected class have a great deal of experience recognizing discriminatory or harassing comments that can create a hostile work environment. However, the signs workplace discrimination based upon gender, racial, religious, age and unlawful conduct may be subtle and hard to detect. Supervisors and management may seem to interact well with workers, while allowing discriminatory policies to continue to infect the employment process.