Employees have a right to a safe work environment. One way this is done is by prohibiting discrimination in workplaces. Many people, unfortunately, still suffer from discrimination and end up losing or leaving their jobs.
If you or someone you know is a victim of workplace discrimination then there are steps you can take to resolve the issue. Here’s what you should know:
1. Make a report to your employer
It’s possible that your employer is unaware of discrimination in the workplace. Furthermore, previous actions of discrimination may have gone unreported and, therefore, unpunished. It could benefit you to make a report to your employer if you or someone you know is a victim of discrimination. Your employer is then responsible for handling the matter in a legal manner.
2. Get the report in writing
When dealing with a sensitive topic like discrimination in the workplace, it can help to keep a paper trail. When you report someone for discrimination, you should consider doing it in writing. You could also keep a physical report of any following incidents of discrimination and the corrective actions made. A physical report could help if you have to take further action.
3. Review company policies
When you make your report, it can help to review company anti-discrimination policies so that you know exactly what is expected of both you and your employer. If you believe that your employer isn’t doing enough to handle this matter, you can ask them to enforce the company policy.
4. Understand your legal rights
Furthermore, you can review federal and state laws that handle workplace discrimination. State and federal laws can be confusing, however. It may benefit you to reach out for help to understand your legal rights and options. The reports and evidence you’ve collected can help as you develop a plan of action if the matter is left unresolved.