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How to handle workplace discrimination

On Behalf of | May 21, 2024 | Firm News

Workplace discrimination can be subtle or overt – but it’s always distressing to the victims (and, quite often, bystanders who see what’s happening). 

Understanding how to react when you come face-to-face with discrimination on the job can help you assert your boundaries and stand up for your rights. Here’s what you can do:

1. Speak up

If it feels safe to do so, address the discrimination directly, openly and clearly. Sometimes, especially in situations involving microaggressions or indirect discrimination, people may not realize the full impact of their words and actions. Bringing the discrimination to their attention can lead to better understanding and a fast resolution.

2. Keep records

There’s always the possibility that the situation will continue and require further actions, so make certain that you document each incident as it occurs. Keep notes about what was said or done and who was present. Keep copies of any supporting documents, like messages, photos, emails or other written communications. 

3. Review your company handbook

Your company may have specific procedures in place for addressing discrimination or harassment. Review your company handbook and follow the outlined protocols if the discriminatory behavior continues. This allows your employer to address the issue before any further action needs to happen.

4. File a complaint

If informal resolution attempts are unsuccessful or if the discrimination is severe, you may choose to file a formal complaint with your company’s human resources department.

Remember that every situation is unique, and there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to addressing workplace discrimination. Trust your instincts and prioritize your safety and well-being throughout the process. If the discrimination persists or if your employer fails to address it adequately, consider seeking legal guidance.