What can you do if faced with discrimination at work?

On Behalf of | Sep 3, 2014 | Workplace Discrimination |

It can be extremely difficult to perform well at work when faced with wrongful discrimination. Sadly, this is something that far too many employees in Indiana deal with on a daily basis. Sometimes, workers even experience a wrongful termination based on discrimination.

Workplace discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion or disability can all take their toll, and they should not be stood for.

In a previous article we discussed the case of a woman who fought back after her employer failed to properly take an illness she had into account. Standing up to a discriminatory employer can be an important step toward ensuring that they do not cause the same harm to anyone else.

Of course, it is not always your employer who is the cause of the problem. Sometimes, colleagues are a source of discrimination. Even so, your employer has an obligation to protect you. However, as is explained here, employees making employers aware of discrimination that is occurring can play an important role in getting proper protective actions to be taken. Employers generally are of little help when they don’t know what is going on. It is vital that you make it clear that you are being subjected to conduct that is unwelcome and makes you feel uncomfortable or distressed. If your direct superior is the problem, you may be able to report the misconduct to human resources or to their superior.

It can also be important to keep a log of any occasions of discrimination, as well as keep any physical evidence, such as discriminatory notes. You should log the time, date and location of incidents as well as the names of those involved, what was said or done and the names of any witnesses. You should also consider asking your employer to make a written report whenever you report an incident to them.

If you feel your employer is not taking you seriously, you may be able to involve the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. You might also consider the assistance of an attorney. With the right guidance and support, you may be better equipped to face those who have engaged in discrimination and pursue justice for your unfair treatment.


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