What Should I Do If I’m Being Discriminated Against Or Harassed?
Workplace discrimination comes in many forms. A qualified worker may be denied an anticipated promotion or position. An employee performing their job well may be terminated. A worker may be continually harassed due to their race. A number of federal and Rhode Island laws protect workers against unfair treatment. If you have been discriminated against or harassed at work because of your gender, age, race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or pregnancy, then you must take important measures to protect your rights. These are the four steps to take when facing workplace discrimination.
1. Contact An Employment Law Attorney Right Away.
Workplace discrimination and harassment are illegal, and your employer must comply with the law. If you are facing employment discrimination, then it is important to contact an experienced attorney immediately. Unfortunately, the statute of limitations can be short under federal and state employment laws. At Formisano & Company, we will help you understand the big picture. We will explain your rights under employment laws and the steps you can take to protect yourself. Always contact your attorney on your personal phone or computer, never on company-issued technology.
2. Keep All Emails And Examples Of Discrimination.
Do not delete your emails containing correspondence that could be used as evidence of discrimination or harassment. Keep any notes, performance reviews or documents containing discriminatory messages. This information may be crucial in preventing future discrimination and harassment at your workplace.
3. Write Everything Down In A Notebook.
Keep a record of discriminatory incidents at work. Include dates, times and all persons involved. It is important that you write this information down in a notebook, and do not use your work computer. For example, your boss has made despairing comments about your religious affiliation for months, then they fired you. Keeping a record of their repeated discriminatory comments can be important evidence for proving that they wrongfully terminated you.
4. File A Complaint Only After Speaking With An Attorney.
It is important to speak with a lawyer before filing an official complaint. Ultimately, your employer is responsible for ensuring that the workplace is free from discrimination and harassment, but remember that the human resources department works for your employer. An attorney will have your best interests in mind, helping you know when and how it is best to file an official complaint.
Reach Out To An Experienced Lawyer Today
Our attorneys understand that stepping forward against workplace discrimination and harassment is difficult. We will guide you every step of the way. Contact our office in Cranston to arrange an appointment with an experienced lawyer. Reach us by calling 401-400-4402 or by filling out our confidential contact form.