You should not have to worry about facing illegal discrimination at work. Unfortunately, though, workplace discrimination continues to be alarmingly common in the U.S. In fact, according to a Glass Door survey, as many as 60% of American workers have either witnessed workplace discrimination or experienced it themselves.
If your employer engages in illegal discrimination, you certainly should not be afraid to exercise all your legal options, including potentially filing a discrimination charge. Whether you ultimately choose to continue to work for your employer or look for a new job, though, you may wonder how being a victim of discrimination affects your future employability.
Your mental well-being
Even though you might not realize it, workplace discrimination can take an extreme toll on your mental health. Indeed, you might develop anxiety, depression or even post-traumatic stress disorder. Any of these can make finding and keeping another job exceedingly difficult.
Your employer’s reference
As you probably know, it is not uncommon for potential employers to contact previous ones for references. If your employer has discriminated against you, you might not receive a glowing recommendation. While badmouthing you may constitute illegal retaliation, it also could keep you from finding another job.
Your earning potential
Leaving your job may require you to accept a job that does not pay nearly as well. Regrettably, it may take you years to make as much as you do at your current workplace. Put simply, having less income may make it much more difficult to explore other professional opportunities.
Ultimately, because discrimination can negatively affect your future employability, it probably makes a great deal of sense to hold your current employer accountable.