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Railroad Worker Discrimination

Federal and state laws prohibit discrimination in all aspects of railroad employment, such as hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, benefits, or other conditions of employment. If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, contact us immediately.

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Railroad Worker Discrimination Details

Just like in other industries, railroad employees are protected against discrimination due to a “protected class.” Protected classes include an employee’s race, gender, disability or age, among others. To learn more about potential discrimination claims, visit the discrimination section of our website.

For example, it is illegal for railroad employers to discriminate against a job applicant because of the applicant’s gender. If the employer engages in an employment practice, such as word-of-mouth recruiting, that results in a non-diverse workforce or does not create applicant pools that reflect the diversity in the qualified labor market, the employer may be engaging in discrimination.

Railroad employers are also prohibited against retaliating against employees for engaging in protected conduct. To learn more about potential retaliation claims, visit our retaliation page here.

Examples of Potential Railroad Discrimination

Examples of potential discrimination within the railroad industry may include:

  • Disqualifying employees based upon a disability even though the employee can perform the essential functions of the job.
  • An employer relying upon word-of-mouth recruitment by its predominantly male workforce that results in preventing qualified women from being hired.
  • Female employees being subjected to severe or pervasive sexual comments or innuendo by coworkers or supervisors.
  • Older employees being forced out of their positions or terminated even though they can still adequately perform their duties.

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