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Workplace discrimination may impact person's health in Texas

Many employees simply want to make it through the work day without a lot of hassle. They want to do their jobs effectively and, in return, be paid appropriately and treated fairly. In their minds, it's not too much to ask in Texas. However, some employers offer preferential treatment to some workers not on the basis of strong work ethic but due to their race, while those of other races end up demoted or even terminated due to workplace discrimination. Racism remains a real problem in modern society -- one that can have a real impact on the human body, not just on a person's wallet.

Racial discrimination during adolescence, especially, can have a negative impact on a person's future health. Still, receiving emotional support can help to protect a person against these ill effects. Recent research was conducted on people in their late teens and early 20s to determine whether there was a link between discrimination and stress.

According to the research results, those who experienced the most racial discrimination and also had low amounts of social support experienced the highest levels of the effects of chronic stress. Meanwhile, those who received emotional support did not appear to be negatively impacted by racial discrimination. Racial discrimination also has been proven to impact a person's mental health in addition to making a person age more quickly.

Discrimination on the basis of race certainly can ruin many aspects of a person's well being, and keeping quiet about it not only affects him or her but also other employees who might end up being victimized by the company in the future. Workplace discrimination in Texas is illegal, so if there is proof that an employee has been mistreated, he or she may have the right to file a claim against the business. Remedies resulting from successfully fought claims might include lost income or even an order demanding that an individual be rehired or promoted.

Source: The Huffington Post, The Key To Combating The Negative Health Effects Of Racism, Amanda L. Chan, Feb. 6, 2014

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