Discrimination. It's an ugly word used every day among the hearing and the deaf on both sides of the job market. It's a horrible word. It's a word used more often than a 4 letter swear word could ever hope to break apart a person's career.
Discrimination breaks a lot of people. No matter what sexual orientation, gender, color, creed, nationality, and religious background you have, you will be discriminated. It's a proven fact because office politics play a major part in discrimination on the job.
Please read the following site: http://deafness.about.com/od/employmentandworking/qt/resolvedisc.htm
Jamie Berke has provided some wonderful information out there. Something way useful and important to learn.
But, not every one in the deaf community knows the info to use to help them on the job. Especially if you have been sexually harassed on the job. Worse yet, if there's office politics, you don't want to be a part of it!
In all my working years, I've seen some of the best and WORST companies. I won't name any organization out there. But, I can tell you this: There are bosses who care about their employees that they work with and there are bosses who don't care anyone other than the person above him and polishing that ass of theirs to get a "promotion" that they DON'T deserve to have.
I've seen many types of discrimination on the job out there. I know for a fact some employees (who are power bullies)will do a discrimination on someone and when they realize that they picked on the wrong person, who's bound to report them, and then will run to their supervisor and beg for "protection". The supervisor is most likely bound to try to intercept the report of discrimination in hopes of preventing it from reaching it's intended destination: Human Resources or the upper level management.
By doing that, the supervisor will have "the talk" with the 'abused' employee. By doing "the talk", the supervisor is doing an illegal action. Reality: Supervisor is trying to save his/her job and the employee's job from being fired by the bosses if the 'abused' employee's accusation get to them. This is known as political sweeping under the rug from the boss. But it's also unfortunate because some day, sooner or later, they're gonna wish they had both not messed with the 'abused' employee for any reason. It's illegal in any case of what the power bullies do and what supervisors do: Discrimination.
More importantly, colleges with career centers like Gallaudet University, RIT, PSU, Syracuse U (to name a few) should hold seminars and workshops to teach students on how to deal with office politics and discrimination situation. In every case, document of what happens on the job. Keep a daily diary. That's going to be your most important goal of protecting your employment should you ever have to face a legal issue.
So stop bullies in their tracks. Discrimination doesn't have to happen. By talking to human resoruces, bullies need to be reported. Your career and your employment is more important than stupid office politics and bullies.
Semper FI to Jamie Berke.