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Tips for employees dealing with workplace discrimination

| Aug 25, 2020 | Firm News

Your employer is not allowed to discriminate against you because you fall within a protected category, like race, religion, gender, age, physical capability or veteran status. Additionally, according to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, your employer cannot retaliate against you because you choose to assert your legal rights to end the workplace discrimination. 

If you decide to fight back against discrimination in the workplace, you have to take certain steps to build your case. Taking these actions can help you protect your rights and potentially help you reduce or end the mistreatment at work. 

Let your employer know 

Tell your employer you have experienced harassment or discrimination at work. These actions could continue unless you let your employer or coworkers know that their behavior is unwelcome or unacceptable. 

Every time an incident occurs at work, file an official report with HR. You should also request that an investigation occurs into each and every new event. 

Maintain a record

Take detailed notes of any incidents of harassment or discrimination. Write down the approximate time, date, parties involved, witnesses present and details of each event. 

You should also keep any items related to discriminatory events. For example, if one of your coworkers leaves a lewd and discriminatory picture on your desk, hold onto it to prove your case later on. 

Look up your company’s anti-discrimination policy

Your company may already have an anti-discrimination policy as part of their official records. Locate this document and keep a copy of it with your records.