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Despite increasing awareness of inequality, workplace discrimination continues to occur in the U.S. When someone is treated differently in the workplace due to their gender, race, age, disability, sexual orientation or other fundamental element of who they are, it constitutes discrimination.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission cites various types of workplace discrimination and helps to enforce the laws that prohibit it. In reality, however, there are likely to be millions of instances of workplace discrimination which are unreported and/or under investigated.
Being discriminated against, for any reason, can be a demeaning and traumatic experience. No-one should feel unable to seek help if they believe they are being, or have been discriminated against. In fact, there are many avenues you can take to resolve the situation, should you choose to. To help you deal with the situation, take a look at these tips now:
1. Collect Evidence
If you have direct evidence of your employer discriminating against you, this can be a powerful way to prove that workplace discrimination is occurring. In most instances, however, workplace discrimination is subtle, which means direct evidence is rarely available. Instead, circumstantial evidence must be used to build a picture of what type of discrimination is taking place, when instances of discrimination have occurred and what impact it is having on you.
Documentation, such as copies of emails, minutes of meetings and written correspondence, can be important evidence when it comes to proving workplace discrimination. If you have any documentation in your possession which could be relevant, be sure to keep it in a safe and secure location.
2. Seek Legal Advice
Employment law exists to protect employees, but it can be complex and difficult to understand. To determine what your rights are, it’s important to access legal advice. By working with employment specialists, like Cline Lawyers, you can establish whether you have a claim for workplace discrimination. Additionally, your legal team will be able to tell you what remedies are available to you.
Whether you’ve been wrongfully terminated due to discrimination, missed out on a promotion or are being forced to work in a toxic environment, seeking legal advice will help you to resolve the situation. Various options are available, including mediation and financial remedies, like compensation, but getting legal help is the first step to moving matters forward.
3. Get Emotional Support
The emotional impact of workplace discrimination should never be overlooked. Talking to close friends and family members can help you to process the situation, but seeking additional support can be beneficial too. Speaking with a counsellor or therapist, for example, may be an effective way for you to deal with the emotional impact that discrimination has.
Overcoming Workplace Discrimination
Despite the legal protection afforded to employees, workplace discrimination is still a common occurrence. With the right legal team, however, you can take a stand against discrimination, in whatever form it’s taking. By doing so, you’ll not only remedy your own situation, but you can also try to prevent anyone else from experiencing the same type of discrimination in the future.