All New York workers want to feel comfortable in their places of employment. They should not have to feel as if they will be mistreated for no reason, but many workers across the country do experience workplace discrimination. Unfortunately, it can affect individuals in all industries and of all ages.

It was recently reported that a survey conducted with approximately 1,100 employees showed that about 60% of those employees saw or experienced discrimination at work. The discrimination was on the basis of various factors, including age, gender, race and sexual preference. Though creating a welcoming environment in which workers from all backgrounds feel comfortable should be a priority for employers, this survey indicates that such an environment is not always what individuals experience.

The survey also showed that while ageism is an issue, individuals aged 34 or younger experienced this type of discrimination more than workers aged 55 and older. However, the report also speculated that the possibility exists that discrimination could happen less often in the future as more companies are hiring diversity and inclusion specialists, which could help prevent discrimination. Of course, that possibility does not help those facing such mistreatment now.

No one wants to be made to feel less-than simply because of a certain characteristic, especially at one’s place of employment. If New York workers believe that they have been subjected to workplace discrimination, they may wonder what their options are. Fortunately, workers do not simply have to sit back and accept unfair treatment, and filing complaints (or possibly taking legal action) is well within their rights.