Workplace discrimination is a serious worldwide problem. Every day, thousands of employees are being discriminated against and harassed by their coworkers and their superiors.
If you are one of those people and you feel the pressures of having to go to work every day, only to feel discriminated and harassed, speak with our Los Angeles Discrimination Attorneys right away. Schedule a free initial consultation and learn about your legal rights and what you can do to prevent any future discrimination and harassment.
Discrimination in the workplace should never happen. It can change a person’s life forever, and make their working conditions intolerable. Here are a few things that you should do in case you are facing discrimination in your workplace.
Know The Basics
Understanding the basic types of discrimination will help you recognize it in your workplace. Listed below are some of the most common types of workplace discrimination:
- National origin
- Skin color
- Relationship status
- Relationship to someone who is being discriminated against
- Genetic information
- Mental or physical disability
- Marital status
Discrimination most likely occurs when “no one is watching”. That means that if you are being discriminated against or harassed, it will occur when there are no eyewitnesses. However, you can still gather evidence by doing the following:
- Downloading a copy of every email received from your superiors
- Keeping notes on every conversation
- Always walking with someone from the same workplace (never being alone)
The only way to make it stop is to stand up to the problem and face it as a serious problem. You have options; the question is do you have the courage to make a change? Give us a call when you can, and we will help you deal with the problem.
Employment discrimination could occur in many different situations, including the following:
- Denying certain employees compensation (or benefits)
- Refusing to speak with an employee
- Denying certain employees overtime work (or payment for the overtime work)
- Denying the use of company facilities
- Denying certain employees promotions or lay-offs
- Excluding certain employees from recruitment
- Excluding certain employees from employee-meetings
- Discriminating when assigning leave (disability leave, maternity leave, retirement)
Things To Do
When you realize you are being discriminated against by your coworkers, speak with them and ask them to stop. In case they continue to do so, speak with your superiors and seek their help and protection. If your superiors refuse to help you or simply ignore your request, speak with EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission). File a claim and seek legal protection.
Another thing you can do is speak with one of our Los Angeles Employment Lawyers and see what your legal options are. Most of the time you will be able to file a claim against your employer and seek compensation. Perhaps you missed a promotion or were denied certain benefits, or you even got terminated as a result. All of those cases could help you with your claim, and if your claim is successful, you will receive substantial compensation.
Note: Always remember that any type of workplace discrimination is illegal. This includes both retaliation and harassment. Seek help and protection and remember that you are not alone.