Workplace discrimination can come in many forms. It can be lack of promotions, unfair wages, discriminatory comments, denial of accommodations, illegal firings and more. Discrimination in the workplace can also happen to anyone for any reason. But you are protected from discrimination for your race, gender, sexuality, age, religion, pregnancy, and much more under federal law.
If you are experiencing discrimination at work, then you may be wondering how to respond. Use the steps below to help navigate the situation.
How to Handle To Discrimination At Work
1. Gather evidence of the discrimination. This can be witness statements, photos, videos, copies of memos/emails/messages, a log of events, copies of your employers anti-discrimination policy, etc. Continue to gather evidence throughout your claims process.
2. Report the discrimination to HR or a manager. Ask for copies to be kept as they investigate the situation. If there is not a proper handling of the discrimination, you may be able to file a discrimination claim.
3. File a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or your appropriate state agency. They will investigate your claim. If they find that you were discriminated against at work, they will either file their own lawsuit against your employer or give you a right to sue letter. This letter will allow you to file your own lawsuit.
4. Speak with an attorney. An employment law attorney may be able to help you navigate the claims process. They can also help gather sufficient evidence, represent you in court or negotiate a settlement if needed.
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