I work under a union contract in the movie business. I am a Republican and everyone else is a Democrat. Otherwise, everyone I work under is White. It seems crazy but my senior union member is discriminating against be because he doesn't like my political beliefs. He won't train me so that I can enter a better position. Is this legal?
By Deskin Law Firm
Limiting admission to, or employment in, any program established to provide apprenticeship or other job training is illegal if you are a member of a protected class that is being discriminated against. You have mentioned that you are white and so is your senior union member and that he is discriminating against you because you are a Republican. If the senior union member limited admission to any program established to provide you training because of your race, color, religion, sex or national origin it would be illegal.
To figure out if your discrimination situation is illegal you must determine:
1. If you are an employee protected from discrimination under the law.
3. If your employer's conduct is considered discriminatory under the law.