Although there are many rules and regulations that your employer must follow, there are times when those rules are violated. This may result in unpaid wages, wrongful termination and other impacts on your career. What can you do if you are the victim of workplace discrimination?
Document the Behavior
The only way that you will win a workplace discrimination case is to document what happened to you. This may mean that you keep records of emails that contained insulting language or keep track of any negative performance reviews after rebuffing a manager’s sexual advances. You may also want to get a coworker or other witness to write a statement on your behalf.
Talk to Someone Who You Trust
Once you have gathered enough evidence to file a workplace harassment claim, it is time to tell someone your trust about your experiences. In some cases, this may be a manager or the HR representative for your company. However, if you don’t feel like you can trust anyone at work, it may be necessary to talk to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or an employment law attorney. They may be able to compel an investigation into what your employer has done to you.
Wage Discrimination Impacts Everyone
If you are paid less than minimum wage or not paid 150 percent of your normal wage for overtime hours, you may have a strong wage discrimination case. An attorney may be able to help you recoup the money that you were not paid while also helping you to obtain punitive damages against your employer as well. The EEOC will protect you even if you are an illegal immigrant or otherwise working when you aren’t allowed to by law.
Don’t Hesitate to Speak Out
Many people who experience harassment in the workplace are hesitant to speak out against their employers. This is because they fear the damage that it could do to their career. Others may not speak out because they would rather attempt to move on from the illegal behavior. However, speaking out could put a stop to your abuse as well as prevent abuse of other employees in the future.
If your employer is not treating you fairly, don’t hesitate to hold the company accountable for its actions. Employers cannot make hiring, firing or other employment decisions that are discriminatory in nature based on your gender, age or religion. If they do, you could be entitled to compensation or even your job back if you want it.