Equal treatment refers to the legal protection all employees have to the same rights as any other employee. Most commonly, this legal doctrine is used in discharge cases to ensure that an employer is treating all employees fairly. Their practices and policies must be applied equally, consistently, and fairly among everyone regardless of their race, gender, age, or other physical or emotional characteristics. Equal treatment also applies to the compensation and benefits that employees receive, however it is most commonly referred to in regards to potential unlawful termination or application rejection. As a right all citizens are entitled to, employers that violate equal treatment can receive penalties.
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