Being discriminated against in the workplace can be disconcerting, frightening, and downright upsetting. How you choose to handle the situation can play a big part in how the situation is actually resolved. If you are the victim of workplace discrimination, here are some tips on what you can do.
Tell Your Employer About the Discrimination
If you are being discriminated against by a co-worker or by an immediate supervisor, go to the next level supervisor and let them know what has been happening and that you are uncomfortable with it. If your employer is the one who is discriminating against you in the workplace, let your employer know that you are aware of what is going on, that you consider it to be discrimination, and that you are taking the matter seriously. In many cases, being matter-of-fact but polite about the situation is enough to resolve it without further action.
Write Down Incidents of Harassment or Discrimination
Any time you are harassed or discriminated against in the workplace, write it down. Write down where you were, who you were with, who may have witnessed the incident, what was said or what actions were taken, and the date and time that the incident occurred. Keeping a solid record of discrimination can help you later on should you need to take the matter further.
Contact the EEOC
If your employer is not handling the situation accordingly and ceasing the discrimination, you may need to contact the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission. The EEOC may contact your employer about the situation. Once authorities become involved, many employers may cease the discrimination. Continue to monitor the situation as the EEOC becomes involved, because if your employer continues or worsens the discrimination after you've reported it, you may have a case of retaliation.
Contact an Attorney
The EEOC can only go so far with your case and they cannot represent you legally in the same way that an attorney can. If you are being discriminated against at work, especially if you've made the situation known and nothing has been done, it is generally in your best interest to seek legal advice.
Sean A. Casey Esq. is an experienced workplace discrimination attorney and can provide you with the aggressive representation you need to stand up for your rights in the workplace. Contact Attorney Casey today to learn more about your legal options and to discuss your next move. Call now for a free consultation at (412) 201-9090.