Workplace discrimination is happening every day. Discrimination and harassment take many different forms, and can be based on:
- Political views
- National origin
There are many state and local laws that protect employees from being discriminated. However, most people are not aware of their legal rights, and once they become victims of discrimination, they are caught in an infinite loop, oppressed by the fear of losing their jobs.
Did you know that almost 70 percent of all discriminated employees never file a complaint? If you believe that you are being discriminated, do not be one of those people who accept it. Instead, find a way to deal with it. For starters, call Los Angeles discrimination attorneys and let them help evaluate your situation and provide you with the right information about your legal rights.
Listed below are some ways you can deal with discrimination in the workplace.
Let Your Employer Know Of It
As soon as you realize that you are being discriminated in the workplace on a daily basis, you should speak with your employer (or your superiors). You have to let them know about your problems and the things that you are dealing with. If anyone can help you with that, it is your employer. But what happens if your employer is the one discriminating you?
If that is the case, you should do one of the following:
- Contact the HR department with a complaint
- Contact an attorney
- Contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and file a discrimination charge
If you are being discriminated by your coworkers, and you tried to contact your employer and ask for help, but you never heard back from your employer concerning the matter, you may have a discrimination charge in hand. Consult with discrimination lawyers in Los Angeles and ask for their help in filing a claim against your employer. Call them today and schedule a free initial consultation.
You are going to need evidence to prove that you were indeed discriminated and that you received no help or protection from your employer. Start by taking notes of everything that is happening, including:
- Comments about you
- Discriminative jokes
- Correspondence emails between you and your superiors
- Record dates and times of every harassment and discrimination (include location, names of the people involved and names of any witnesses present, as well as details about the improper conduct)
- Keep everything that you received and that you believe was discriminatory (objects, notes, pictures)
Once you have enough evidence to support your claim, you should sit down with your attorney and review your company’s anti-discriminatory policy. After that, you should review both the state and federal laws, and see what you can do about the discriminatory behaviour of your colleagues or your superiors.
In most cases, you will be able to file a charge against discrimination with the EEOC or file a lawsuit against your employer. You will obtain full legal protection, the option of mediation and if your lawsuit is successful a substantial compensation.
Act today and do not let anyone else discriminate you, for whatever reasons.