Discrimination in the workplace can appear in many forms. Whether discrimination was in regards to an employee’s age, sex, race, national origin, color, religion, disability, or sexual orientation, there are a variety of ways discrimination can occur.
It is important to know, however, that every employee is protected under state and federal laws in order to prevent and protect them from discrimination happening to them.
While there are laws in place, employment discrimination does occur. If you are a victim, then there are several things to know when filing an employment discrimination claim:
1. Be sure to consult with an employment attorney before filing a claim. It is especially critical to do this before resigning from your position since this can have a detrimental impact on your claim. Employment attorneys can help to better understand your particular case, and determine if you have a valid claim. They will also work to ensure that your claim is filed in a timely manner, especially since there are required deadlines when it comes to discrimination and retaliation claims.
2. Collect necessary documentation of your claim. Collecting any evidence of your claim will aid in the validity in your case. Also, be sure you are not destroying, removing, or deleting any documents that does not belong to you since this will have a negative impact on your claim.
3. Maintain a professional relationship with your employer. Being respectful and polite will help your case, especially if it is presented to a judge or jury. This will also help to ensure that your abilities and worth as an employee is positive and beneficial to the company.
The employment attorneys at Maduff & Maduff have been specializing in employment law, including overtime and wage theft, civil rights, and sexual harassment for more than 20 years. For more information or questions in regards to your employment concerns, contact us today.