Work can be stressful enough, but what happens if you’re being discriminated against? Workplace discrimination is unfortunately far more common than you would like to believe. Whether it be for race, gender, disabilities, religion, age, or something else, there are laws in place to protect you. If you feel as though you are being discriminated against and are not sure what steps you can take, then follow our guide below.
- Contact An Employment Lawyer
Employment lawyers will keep you safe if your workplace is not taking the correct action. They will be able to take you through the laws around your state and offer advice to ensure you are protected. To find employment lawyers in your area click here. You may need to file a complaint but speak with an attorney before you speak to your workplace as they can best advise you how to do so.
- Keep A Diary Of Discrimination
A written record of all harassment and discriminatory incidents will help you prove your case when you make a formal complaint. Make a note of all disparaging, unprofessional, and inappropriate comments or actions made towards you so that you have a list of offenses. Be sure to avoid audio or visual recording of these incidences as it is illegal or record or film someone without their consent in some starts. The last thing you want is legal action against you from your workplace bully. A notebook and pen are best. If you do choose to record these situations digitally by making notes on a phone or laptop, ensure these are not company property. If you make a complaint and you are fired or suspended, then you will no longer have access to these records. Make sure that your written notes are free of any emotions. Simply record the words spoken and the actions you have faced.
- Keep All Evidence
If your harassment has taken place over digital communications, then make sure to forward these emails, texts, or whatsapp to your own devices or save them onto a personal flash drive. As mentioned, if you are asked to leave the business you work for, you will not be able to access communications that are stored on company property.
- Make A Formal Report Or Complaint
Once you have spoken with a lawyer and you have a decent log of evidence, it is time to make a formal complaint to your place of work. Ideally, set up a meeting with HR and your managers and take your attorney with you. It is best to be prepared to have legal representation who can guide the conversation for you. The business you work for whilst legally obligated to protect you will likely put itself first, so you don’t want to get tripped up and say anything that may harm your case.
Have you been discriminated against at work? How did you resolve your situation? Share your experiences in the comments below to help others.