If you have ever been the victim of workplace discrimination, be it sexual discrimination, gender discrimination, racial discrimination or else, then you’re entitled to just compensation under the law. If you believe you have been discriminated against in the workplace, then you have probably already asked yourself, “How do I sue my employer for discrimination?” While this blog should not be your primary source for comprehensive legal advice, it is a great starting point and can offer a general guide to first steps in understanding the process of suing your employer for discrimination. We recommend speaking to an attorney who specializes in workplace discrimination and employment law as soon as possible.
If your company issues an employee handbook, you should always take the time to read it. Your employee handbook will usually contain sections which pertain to workplace discrimination and your employee rights. By familiarizing yourself with your company’s protocol for handing discrimination issues, you’ll gain a better understanding of procedural steps that can be taken.
Be sure you thoroughly document the act of discrimination in a journal or other area of record. If you decide to pursue a discrimination lawsuit, you will need a written account.
Speak with your employer about the discrimination and possible scenarios for resolving the situation. Be resolute in your position that if the matter is not resolved appropriately, then you will pursue legal action. Oftentimes, you can come to an agreement with your employer to resolve your discrimination claim without going to court.
There are agencies available in each state to submit your discrimination claim. The EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) has several locations available across the nation. To understand more about submitting a discrimination claim, visit the EEOC’s website.
The most important step in the entire process is to contact a qualified employment law attorney for representation and/or consultation. When it comes to your rights, it is vital to speak with an attorney who understands the in’s and out’s of employment law. They can assist you with understanding your rights, filing your claim, compiling evidence, and fighting vigorously for just compensation.
If you feel you have been discriminated against in your workplace, now is the time to stand up for your rights. Empower yourself with the knowledge and protection of the law.