Every day, thousands of people are being victims of discrimination and retaliation. Some are not even aware of that until it is too late and there is nothing they can do about it anymore.
There are many different types of discrimination in the workplace. The most common types of discrimination are based on:
- Political views
- Marital status
- Social status
If you are being discriminated by your employer or your coworkers, you need to seek help and protection immediately. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Act Law and Legal definition, you are protected from any type of workplace discrimination. Contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) right away, or consult with Sherman Okas discrimination attorneys for a free case evaluation. The initial consultation is free of charge and without any legal obligations.
In order to fight against discrimination, you have to know your rights. They are listed below, in no particular order.
As an employee, you have the right to be treated fairly and equally as any other employee in the company. That being said, you should not expect any special treatment. However, you should not be treated differently. If everyone else is treated with respect, you should be treated the same. However, this is sometimes not the case. Perhaps something you said caused your employer to have a “beef” with you. Maybe your employer will want to get back at you for something you said or did. You will not be aware of it until your working conditions are changed.
Some changes could include:
- Getting a change in shifts
- Getting your pay lowered
- Being transferred to a new working position
- Being put under constant pressure
At first, these may not be the signs of workplace retaliation, but if these things keep on happening, something is definitely wrong. That is why you should always seek legal help and should always consult with an attorney. An experienced discrimination and retaliation attorney will know how to tell the difference.
What To Do If You Suspect Retaliation or Discrimination
If you suspect that your employer is plotting against you, for whatever reason, talk to your supervisor first. If that does not work, ask for a meeting with your employer. If they refuse to tell you what is going on, or pretend like nothing is happening, ask them why your working conditions changed. If the answer that you receive is not “satisfying” or if it is ambiguous, or even if it is perfectly reasonable, you should seek legal help and a second opinion. Call discrimination attorneys in Sherman Oaks at Mancini & Associates and tell them what is going on and why you believe that you were being discriminated at the workplace. Try and document the entire correspondence with your employer (email, texts), so that you have something to use as evidence supporting your claim.
Building a case of discrimination requires evidence and something to base your case on. If you have any coworkers who feel the same or who witnessed the change in your working conditions, ask them to testify and share their opinions.