Employee Issue:

Tips for Workers Dealing with Discrimination

Several federal laws protect job applicants and employees from workplace discrimination based on sex, color, race, religion, age, disability, pregnancy and national origin. State and local ordinances offer similar protections, as well as extended coverage for certain employees in some situations. If you are experiencing discrimination at work, contact a workplace discrimination attorney to learn more about your rights.

If you are being discriminated against at your job, the following steps can help you put an end to workplace discrimination.

Tell Your Employer. Make sure your employer knows you feel you are a victim of workplace discrimination. Often, many cases of workplace discrimination go unnoticed because the victim does not clearly convey that the conduct is unwelcome. Although your employer has a duty to obey anti-discrimination laws, each worker must also ensure their personal rights are protected.

If your immediate supervisor is the source of the job discrimination and you feel uncomfortable speaking with them directly, report to their supervisor or your human resources department.

Let Your Employer Know That the Matter is Serious. Request that a written record be created each time you report an incident of workplace discrimination. Also, ask your employer to investigate the claim and discipline the offenders. Federal anti-discrimination laws require that employers give timely consideration to all complaints regarding workplace harassment and discrimination.

Contact the EEOC. If your employer does not respond to your complaints, contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to file a complaint. In many cases, employees who experienced workplace discrimination must first file a complaint with the EEOC before pursuing a lawsuit.

Keep a record of any discriminatory actions. Make sure to record the date, time, location, witnesses and details of each incident. Also, retain any pictures or other posted items that you find discriminatory.

Read your employer’s anti-discrimination policy. If your employer dispensed a written policy regarding discrimination, keep a copy. This may help if you later file a workplace discrimination lawsuit.

Review federal and state anti-discrimination laws. You can find these regulations at the library or online. If you can locate your state laws, search for headings that may apply to your case, such as discrimination or equal employment opportunities.

Contact a workplace discrimination attorney. A job discrimination lawyer can help explain your protections under federal and state law. He or she can also discuss your options and determine whether you are eligible for a workplace discrimination lawsuit. To find out if you have a case, fill out our free case evaluation form on the right.