I been working for a real estate firm for 5 months and 3 days. I got let go yesterday by the new president after being unfairly mistreated and verbally abused by a coworker. I have a written statement to a witness of the berating and a witness to my work ethic as I am known for always coming in very early. The statement states that she berated me my phone was broken and that my routine has always been coming to work earlier than everyone else at the office. Being a brown woman In this company and working world I always do my best not to give anyone a reason to say I am being unprofessional or inappropriate I felt sabotaged and spent the entire Friday in tears after letting this woman humiliate me in front of the new CEO. I had to make a good impression on him because I was supposed to assist him. Seems like these people needed one invalid reason to see me out. Sure enough two days later I was fired by the new CEO 3 days after the new CEO started. The horrible thing is I’m afraid I can’t collect as I am 26 days short of 6 month period. I was sabotaged and unfairly treated. I worked hard assisted 6 people who treated me like dirt and helped the company through hard Time
If you believe your mistreatment was due to discrimination you can complain to the Federal EEOC or state or local Human Rights agencies.
You may also consult an employment attorney to discuss a claim of discrimination.
If you believe you have been discriminated against based on your color or some other protected category, that is, your race, gender, age, national origin, etc., you may have a claim against the company. In that case, you should consult privately with an employment attorney, who will help you determine your rights and next steps.
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