What Should I Do If I am Subjected to Discrimination at My Job?
After performing hundreds of consultation related to discrimination in the workplace, I continuously find myself explaining to potential clients that their employer's workplace handbook of policies and procedures can be their best advocate to STOP discrimination.
Report, Report, Report!If you believe you are being treated unfairly or differently than other employees at your job, the first thing you do is follow your employer's internal policies and procedures to REPORT the discrimination. This means put it in writing, so that there is a record of your complaint. This will serve you best as evidence if in fact, you have been subjected to unlawful discrimination and need to later call upon your complaint. Now that you have complained, you have put the employer on Notice. It is your employer's duty to investigate the complaint. Most federal and state discrimination laws protect discrimination based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, disability, age and religion.
Follow the Chain of CommandNow that you have reported potential unlawfully discrimination in the workplace and your employer is on Notice, hopefully your employer will take immediate remedial action to halt any discrimination. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. In the event that a proper investigation was not performed or your complaint was completely ignored, then revert to Rule 1 - REPORT REPORT REPORT! Now that your complaint has been ignored, you must report to the next level of management. For example, if you complained to your direct supervisor and nothing was done, then go on to the next level, and report to your supervisor's boss. Following the chain of command is important to evidence your efforts to allow your employer to remedy the discrimination.
Call an Employee Rights AttorneyOnce all of your employer's policies and procedures have exhausted and your employer has fail to remedy the discrimination, you must call an experienced attorney who devotes their practice to employee rights. This is the only way to ensure you get sound legal advise based on your particular situation.