Harassment and discrimination can take many different forms. Whether you experience outright hostility or subtle comments, though, discrimination in the workplace can make every day at work a struggle. How can you end this harassment and ensure that you are treated fairly in the workplace?
Keep a record of what you experience.
Whether your employer takes action to stop the discrimination you experience or you need to file a formal complaint, keeping track of your experience is key. Write down information about each incident of discrimination, including what was said or done, where and when the harassment occurred and whether there were witnesses. If the discrimination you experience in the workplace involves pictures, emails, text messages or other harassing messages, it is also important to save this evidence as a part of your record.
Report the incidents to your employer.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recommends making a report as soon as possible to your employer about the discrimination you experience. In many cases, this report may be enough for your employer to protect your rights and end the harassment before it escalates.
It is also important to document your report. Consider emailing your employer and saving the message with your other records and requesting a written confirmation of the complaint from your employer.
Make a formal complaint.
While employers are required by law to investigate the discrimination their employees experience in the workplace, some employers may not make an effort to right the wrongs that you experience. In this case, filing a formal complaint with the EEOC may be the best way to hold your employer responsible and creating a fair workplace.
You have the right to a safe work environment, and speaking to an attorney may help you explore your legal options and protect your rights.