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What to Do if You Have Experienced Employment Discrimination

Discrimination in the workplace can be as overt as an offensive comment based on stereotypes or more subtle, such as a pattern of unfair job assignments. It spans a range of behaviors targeting protected characteristics, such as race, sex/gender, age, religion, disability and more, depending on state and federal law,.

Documenting Your Experience

Keeping Detailed Records

When facing discrimination, it is important to document your experience. Detailed records can serve as evidence substantiating your claims and supporting your case. It's essential to note dates, times, locations, and the individuals involved in discriminatory incidents. Organizing this information chronologically can help illustrate a pattern of behavior, making it easier for legal professionals to understand and advocate for you.

Witness Statements and Support

Witness statements can bolster your account of the discrimination you've experienced. If colleagues have observed discriminatory behavior, their testimonies can be invaluable and support your case. 

Reporting Discrimination Internally

Company Policies and Procedures

Most companies have internal reporting procedures to complain about discrimination. Familiarize yourself with your company's policies, which are typically outlined in an employee handbook or available through Human Resources (HR). These procedures often involve submitting a formal complaint through designated channels, such as an HR representative or a specific complaint form.

The Role of Employee Assistance Programs

Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) can be a valuable resource for employees facing workplace discrimination. These confidential programs are designed to provide support and counseling on a range of work-related issues, including discrimination. An EAP can offer guidance on how to deal with the emotional impact of discrimination and may assist in navigating the reporting process.

Consulting with an Employment Lawyer

If you have experienced discrimination, consulting with an employment lawyer who specializes in this area of law can help you determine the best path forward. When looking for legal counsel, it's important to choose a lawyer with a proven track record in employment law and a deep understanding of discrimination laws.

If you believe you've been a victim of workplace discrimination, don't hesitate to contact Nichols Kaster PLLP for a consultation.