5 Steps to Take in Case of Workplace Discrimination

5 Steps to Take in Case of Workplace Discrimination

Do you love your job? Would you do everything in your power to remain there as long as possible? If so, you share the same enthusiasm as many Americans around you. Sadly, the fact is that not everyone gets to keep their job. Sometimes, people are terminated for illegal or “wrong” reasons, and when that happens, if they know their rights, they will file a claim against their employers.

In reality, employers will try to force their employees to quit, rather than terminate them wrongfully. One of the ways to do so is through discrimination. 

Did you know that on average, 6 out of 10 employees in California have experienced some types of discrimination? This goes to show that discrimination is a big problem and that employees all over the state (and the country) need to get informed so that they can “fight back” and protect their rights.

The most common types of discrimination are based on one’s:

  • Gender

  • Age

  • Sex

  • Skin color

  • Origin

  • Ethnicity

  • Pregnancy

  • Disability

  • Political views

  • Accent

If you experienced any type of discrimination recently, be sure to speak with our Los Angeles employment law attorney and seek legal help and protection from any further discrimination. Also, our attorneys will help you file a claim and obtain compensation for your troubles. Be sure to contact us right away, before you experience any further discrimination.

But just how do you spot discrimination in the workplace? Are there any signs that will help you understand that you are being discriminated against? 

If you spot anything suspicious or if you are treated differently, know that something is going on. Here are the steps that you should take in case you are being discriminated against.

Record Everything

From the moment you realize that something is going on, start documenting all notable events. This will be crucial for your case and will help you identify any events in which you were a victim of discrimination.

You will be asked to prove your case once you file a claim. Having a list of everything that happened, how it happened and when it happened, will definitely help you prove your case. 

Remember to try and record every conversation, every joke, every rude or discriminatory text, emails, memos, conversation, and everything else of notice. Include people who were involved, the location and the time when it happened. Also, keep this to yourself, and do not share it with any coworkers, as you never know who may be involved in the act.

Learn About Your Legal Rights

Self-education is very important, especially if you want to push it a step further and file a claim against your employer. Start by researching your civil rights and learn about the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This Act ensures that employees cannot be discriminated against on the above-mentioned basis. Also, learning the subsequent Acts will also help you determine whether or not you are actually discriminated against, and will help you find a way to protect yourself from any future discrimination. 

Remember that the more you know, the better protected you are. And in case you are in need of legal protection or advice, feel free to reach out to our Employment Lawyers in Los Angeles and schedule a free consultation.

Speak To Your Superiors

Whenever you experience any type of discrimination in the workplace the first thing you should do is speak with your superiors. You have to let them know that you are being discriminated against and that you want to be protected from any future discrimination. In addition, if any of your other superiors is discriminating against you, you should contact the HR department and file a complaint. However, the chances are that your attempts will be shut down rather quickly. If and when that happens, seek legal protection and find a legal way to fight against discrimination. Call Los Angeles Employment Lawyers, and inquire about the free initial consultation. Our attorneys will help evaluate your case, and determine whether or not you have a case in hand. If they determine that you do have a case, they will offer their legal assistance and representation. Be sure to consider it and the benefits that it will bring. After all, talking to your superiors did not work.

Did You File an Official Report?

If your conversation with your superiors did not bear any fruit, the next step is filing an official report of discrimination with the company’s HR department. In the report, you should include all the evidence that you have gathered, including:

  • All the events

  • Time 

  • Locations

  • Who was involved

  • What was said/done

  • Circumstances

  • Memos

  • Emails

  • Texts

Be sure to be as concise as possible, and try not to forget anything. Once your HR department receives your report, they may help you figure a way to deal with your case of discrimination. Remember that even if they do help you, you still have the right to file a claim against those who discriminated against you. Simply visit our offices at any time during the week, and speak with our experienced Employment Lawyers in Los Angeles. They will help you file a claim and obtain compensation for everything that has happened recently.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

If you are scared and hopeless, remember that you are not alone. Every day, hundreds of employees are being discriminated against, and there are many others just like you. Remember that you have rights and that the state is on your side. If unsure where to go and who to call, you can always inquire with the EEOC (The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) and seek their protection and help against discrimination in the workplace.

Do not let your employer intimidate you or threaten to terminate you. You will be confused and overwhelmed with emotions, but do not let it get the better of you. Instead, do the right thing and put an end to discrimination once and for all. And for any help or assistance, remember that our attorneys will always answer the call and provide you with protection and representation.

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George S. Azadian is the president of the Azadian Law Group, PC in the Los Angeles area, focuses solely on employment law, and is highly regarded as one of the best wrongful termination lawyers in Los Angeles.

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