What are the Different Types of Employment Discrimination?

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Employment discrimination is unfortunately still an ongoing problem in the United States. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in the workplace because of your race, color, religion, gender, or another protected class, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm to discuss the specifics of your case and your options. You can depend on our dedicated attorneys to fight for you and your rights.

What are the different types of workplace discrimination in Tennessee?

Unfortunately, there are a number of kinds of discrimination that our clients have experienced. Some of them include the following:

  • Race Discrimination: If an individual is discriminated against because of their race, they are violating Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. While society should be in a place where race discrimination does not occur, unfortunately, it is not the case.
  • Color Discrimination: In addition to race discrimination and national origin discrimination, those of color are protected classes under Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission defines “color” as the complexion, shade/tone, or pigmentation of one’s skin.
  • National Origin Discrimination: If an employer discriminates against an employee because of their place of birth, an accent, or because they are married or are associated with someone of a certain national origin, it is likely that the employee will have a valid national origin discrimination claim.
  • Sex Discrimination: It is unfortunate that discrimination on the basis of one’s gender is still widespread.
  • Religious Discrimination: Religious discrimination in the workplace is considered a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Religious discrimination often comes in the form of failing to provide an employee with certain reasonable accommodations, such as exceptions to dress and grooming rules, short breaks for praying, flexible scheduling for religious holidays, and more.
  • Age Discrimination: The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1976 states that employees over the age of 40 who work to private employers with a minimum of 20 employees may not be discriminated against solely because of their age. If you have suspicions that you were denied a promotion, fired, or otherwise negatively impacted at your job solely because of your age, you may have a valid discrimination claim. Disabled employees are also protected under the Tennessee Disability Act, which applies to all employers in Tennessee, regardless of the number of employees at the company.
  • Disability Discrimination: Unfortunately, those with disabilities face discrimination daily in the workplace. It is important to note, however, that employees with disabilities are protected from discrimination under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990.

It is unfortunate that the above-mentioned discrimination claims are just surface-level issues that our attorneys have seen. If you have been discriminated against in any way, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm today. Our legal team is ready to fight for you.


If you need a Knoxville workers’ compensation lawyer or employment law attorney, Morris & Doolan is here to support you. Our firm has significant experience representing clients facing a wide range of workers’ compensation matters, including denial of benefits, appeals, and third-party lawsuits. If you need a Tennessee employment lawyer, we are experienced in handling matters ranging from discrimination and sexual harassment to wrongful termination and FMLA. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

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