Anti-discrimination laws are in place so that employers cannot legally treat employees unfairly due to race, gender, disability, age, or ethnic background. Most employees are at-will employees, meaning that they are not guaranteed their job, and can be terminated for any legal reason. However, while you are working at your job, your employer is subject to these anti-discrimination laws. This helps to guarantee a better workplace.
What can you do when you are experiencing unfair treatment in the workplace?
For one, you can leave. You don’t deserve to be treated like dirt. You may feel like you have no other option but to stay, and you may be right, but if you have any financial means to stick up for yourself and walk out on an abusive boss, do it.
When you decide to do it, it is a freeing feeling. Then, once you do, you’ll be able to fully evaluate your legal options. Employers aren’t allowed to treat you like dirt and get away with it. Now’s your time to get compensation.
Here are some suggestions for you to follow:
* Does your employer know?
If you are feeling discriminated against, do not take on its face that everyone sees it. Many of these acts go unrecognized, and that does not benefit you or your employer. Bring up the situations where you have felt the discrimination to your employer. Find someone who is a supervisor whom you can trust, or a human resource representative to speak to.
* Do you have documented evidence of the situation?
Ask your employer to write up a report every time you come to him or her with the problem. This will make it easier if you have to take action. Additionally, keep your own diary of the situations that occur, including date, time and location, anyone who was there, and details.
* Are you not getting the response you thought?
Then you may want to contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). They oversee the compliance of these laws, and can help you.
* Do you know the rules and laws?
Review your company’s anti-discrimination policy; as well as state and federal law. This knowledge will give you what you need to understand what is happening, and what can happen.
* Do you have an attorney?
If not, then get one. Find an employment attorney who has experience with these types of cases. These can be very sensitive, so you want an attorney who understands.
Surprisingly enough, compensation for these types of cases can result in hundreds of millions of dollars. That’s usually because there are a lot of people that can be affected by one employer’s illegal behaviors. If this applies to you or anyone you know, you owe it to yourselves to have your case evaluated, and to find out whether or not you have a claim to be compensated for your lost wages as well as pain and suffering. Your ordeal is a serious situation for which you have the power to demand justice. Whether or not you do is up to you.