Discrimination occurs when an employee is treated differently from other employees on the basis of a protected status – race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, pregnancy, age, and military service among others. Discrimination can occur if you are denied certain opportunities, but it can also occur if you are harassed or made to feel uncomfortable based on a protected status. If you experience discrimination you have certain rights in the workplace. You may wish to go directly to an attorney, the Equal Opportunity Commission, or you may wish to work with your employer to stop the discrimination. Frequently you may try each avenue. Learn more about the types of discrimination with our links.