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Steps to take if you’re a victim of workplace discrimination

On Behalf of | Mar 26, 2024 | Employment Law

If you have been discriminated against at your job, it is important to understand how to protect your legal rights moving forward. Any form of workplace discrimination based on certain protected characteristics is unlawful, and you should not hesitate to take the necessary steps to assert your legal rights if your company is not appropriately responding to the discrimination you’ve suffered.

The first thing you’ll need to do is document your case. Keep a detailed record of the discriminatory actions or behavior, including dates, times, witnesses and other relevant evidence such as emails or texts. You may need more than your word of mouth when addressing workplace discrimination, and it can help to have proof of your claims.

First thing’s first

Schedule a meeting with your employer to discuss your concerns. In most cases, a human resources department handles such cases. It should investigate the matter impartially and take appropriate action to address the issue.

Should you quit your job?

You may be tempted to quit your job in protest or for your peace of mind, but it is not always advisable. Doing so can sometimes weaken your case for workplace discrimination. There are many things to consider before doing so.  For example, have you complied with the employer’s complaint process?  Did you cooperate with the investigation?  Quitting can also have an impact on a claim for lost wages.  However, some employees, in particular those with professional licenses, can be negatively impacted by a termination instead of resignation. This is a complicated decision which should be discussed with good employment counsel.

Seeking legal guidance can help you understand what needs to be done to protect your interests as your case evolves.


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