Hello. I have a situation at work where I am being discriminated against because of my national origin. I have been with the company for 10 years. I have been very faithful and loyal employee. Throughout the years there have been instances of discrimination. One of them is I was asked not to answer phones because of my accent. I get paid the same as some of the people that have been with the company for less years than me. I have asked for promotion but never given one. I have been excellent at my work. However last week there was a complain from a coworker that has been with the company for seven months that I can't do my job. I was blamed for things that are not true and I explained that to my manager. my manager understood that I am being blamed unjustly but she didn't make any changes. The employee that was complying wasn't asked why did he come up with a lie. Why was he making up stories to compromise my reputation. Nothing. They were extremely bias and completely discriminatory against me. The working environment has become very hostile for me and I am considering leaving the job.
This is practical advice: a) do not leave unless you already have another job to go to.; and b) do not depend on unemployment; and c) if you file for unemployment bring a lawyer with you to the hearing.
You may or may not be the victim of discrimination - no attorney can advise based on one paragraph of information. Obviously it seems suspicious. A better course of action might be as follows:
- start looking for another job, and resign when you get a new job
- consult an employment attorney to learn all options. Discriminations have very short time limits to report.
- consider filing a complaint of discrimination with the MD Commission on Civil Rights.
This response is only general information and is not legal advice. It does not form an attorney-client relationship and should not be relied upon to take or refrain from taking any action. You should seek a qualified attorney before taking any action related to your inquiry.
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