The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has taken significant steps to protect employees’ rights and prevent job discrimination. The DOJ is working to ensure that the federal law prohibiting discrimination in employment practices is followed.

The Basics of Job Discrimination

Job discrimination occurs when a company or employer makes decisions based on an individual’s race, gender, age, national origin, color, religion, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or some other protected characteristic. Job discrimination also includes any action taken against an individual on the basis of such characteristics, such as unequal pay or refusal to hire or promote the individual.

The Efforts of the Justice Department

The Justice Department takes action against job discrimination by:

  • Investigating Discrimination Complaints – The DOJ investigates discrimination complaints filed by employees. Cases are pursued to determine if a violation of federal law has occurred and if there is sufficient evidence to bring a lawsuit.
  • Conducting Education Seminars – The DOJ conducts educational seminars to ensure employers and employees understand and comply with the law.
  • Filing Lawsuits – The DOJ will initiate legal action against employers found to have engaged in discriminatory practices.

What You Can Do

If you believe you have been the victim of job discrimination, there are several steps you can take.

  • File a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency responsible for enforcing job discrimination laws.
  • Contact your state’s employment commission or similar agency to determine if you may have a state cause of action.
  • Contact the DOJ to report any information you may have about potential discrimination prohibited by federal law.

The Justice Department is working to protect employees’ rights and prevent job discrimination. By understanding the basics of job discrimination and taking action you can protect yourself from such practices.