How to deal with discrimination/harassment in the workplace
If you ever feel that you are being discriminated against in the work place it is important to take action right away. Some people feel that they don’t have the authority to speak up, but here are a few tips on how to deal with it.
Make your employer aware: Privately pull your employer aside and make it known what exactly is going on. Give specifics of the harassment or discrimination you are experiencing and do not let it go. Discrimination and harassment can sometimes go unsaid because the victim might now want to draw attention to them.
Document: It is important to document exactly what is going right when things occur so you have the information to present when filing the discrimination/harassment claim. Not only is it the complete information to back up what you are claiming but it so you are not leaving any information out. When the time comes to take action, everything that you have documented can come into play.
Make it known: Be sure to make your employer or whoever may be in charge of the situation is aware that you are not going to standby and take this lightly. You should let them know that they should be aware that your claim is serious and you are expecting to see changes in what has been going on. Also try to identify with a coworker that may be experiencing the same situation as you. Being able to talk to/relate to someone else that is experiencing the same discrimination or harassment can help further your claim in being recognized and taken care of.
Follow the discrimination/harassment procedure: When starting a job you are most likely given a handbook pertaining to the policies and procedures in the office. These handbooks are a great thing to refer to when trying to figure out how to go about your discrimination claim. Follow the steps exactly as they are stated in the handbook in order to get the results you are looking for. Sometimes if they feel they may be losing their job over this specific complaint that they could lose their job, so therefore they skip steps in the procedure in order to move the process along faster. Big mistake, it is best to follow every step accordingly and that is the way you are more likely to get your way.
Get an attorney: If in the position, getting a lawyer is not such a bad idea. Someone who is experienced in this particular category will help further your case. They will be able to give you inside tips on what you should and should not be doing.
If you are being harassed or discriminated against, do not wait. Take action now!
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