While most businesses make a point to prevent workplace discrimination, it is far from uncommon. The American Civil Liberties Union asserts that some forms of discrimination are often sly or difficult to spot.
When those believe they have a legitimate case against their employer, there are a few steps they can take to defend themselves and their rights.
1. Find an agency
When workplace discrimination occurs, those targeted can take their case to several different agencies. There are several they can work with, including local, state and federal organizations. Individuals may want to start with larger agencies, such as the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission and then discover if there are any local agencies that may have the resources to help in a more immediate manner.
2. Gather evidence
When people believe they are the target of workplace discrimination, it is important that they can provide evidence of it. They can use several different forms of documentation to support their claims, including text messages, internet chat room transcripts and emails. Copies of a job application may assist those who believe they lost an employment opportunity based on their color, race or age.
3. Form a timeline
Presenting a timeline of events to a local or government agency that assists those with work discrimination can help these groups form a solid case. Those affected may want to keep close track of certain events or documents that can help prove the discrimination occurred, when it happened and who instigated the act.
Some groups that battle workplace discrimination may help those targeted at no charge. Since each agency has its own guidelines, individuals may want to inquire about each before moving forward.