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Does the company culture at your new job include discrimination?

Imagine starting a new job in Charleston. On paper, it is your dream job. The pay is good, the benefits are excellent and it is in a field with which you have plenty of experience. However, after a few days, the company begins to lose its shine and your rose-colored glasses do not seem to be working quite so well.

It did not take long for you to begin to feel uncomfortable in your new work environment. Are you having a couple of negative days or is there discrimination going on? Sometimes it can be difficult to tell the difference. Read below for some signs of employment discrimination that you may be facing.

Continuous turnover

When the company you work for seems to always be interviewing new candidates and filling positions that have suddenly become empty, this could be a sign of an underlying problem. This is especially true if no one seems to stick with the company for very long. While it is rare that a job is completely perfect, most people do not quit over minor issues. When turnover is high and constant, it could be an indication that there are some serious issues going on within the ranks.

Inappropriate interview questions

Once you are suspicious that workplace discrimination is occurring, think back on your interview. What kinds of questions did the interviewer ask? Did he or she ask any inappropriate questions or reference a stereotype? While most organizations have regulations in place regarding diversity, things can quickly turn ugly for a new employee that is a member of a protected group and if management is trying to work around the policy.

Menial or impossible tasks

Often, when a manager is discriminating against an employee, he or she might assign duties that are far below your skillset or abilities, or you may end up with an assignment that is impossible to finish. Your supervisor may be doing this to force you into a stereotype so that you seem incapable, incompetent or unwilling to work. This could be leading up to your termination.

Spoken to in a demeaning manner

If, for no apparent reason, your manager or colleagues are speaking to you in a condescending or cruel manner, this might be a sign of discrimination. Also, if people are standing around the water cooler telling discriminatory jokes or making inappropriate remarks while you are around, then discrimination might be a part of the company's culture.

You have the right to work in a safe environment that is free from discrimination. If you feel like you have been the victim of workplace discrimination, you may be able to take legal action against the organization or perpetrators.

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