Workplace discrimination can take numerous forms and it may also happen to either new or existing employees. While workplace discrimination is often discussed, the one form of discrimination that is often overlooked is promotion discrimination. Discrimination may not stop you from getting hired, but it may stop you from advancing.
You’ve applied for several promotions within your company and have always been rejected. Is this lawful?
Providing equal opportunities
Promotions should be received based on work ethic, experience, educational qualifications .and skill, among other factors. If you have been a loyal and hard-working employee and have the relevant qualifications and experience, then there is no reason for you not to be considered.
Of course, there may be no positions available or your superior may not feel that you meet the specific requirements of the role, and neither of these would amount to discrimination. However, if you have been excluded because of your race, religion, ethnic background or other protected characteristics then this is promotion discrimination.
Discrimination and especially promotion discrimination can be difficult to prove. Thus, it’s important that you document all of your applications and any positions that have become available during your time with the company. It may be possible to establish a pattern of discrimination, which can help to prove your claim.
As stated, it can be very hard to prove promotion discrimination, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. You have every right to have access to the same opportunities as anyone else. Having legal guidance behind you will give you the best chance of obtaining justice.