It’s never easy to experience discrimination at work. You are there to do a job and earn an income. However, some employers wrongfully treat their employees wrong, discriminating against them when hiring and deciding if and when to promote someone.
If you experience discrimination, it’s vital to protect your rights. It helps your case to take specific steps that allow you to safeguard yourself, but they can also help you pursue compensation. Our team at Barkhordarian Law Firm is here to help you every step of the way.
Here are four steps that you should take:
- Speak with a lawyer
- Gather documentation and evidence
- Write down discriminatory events
- Report discrimination to proper government entities
Discrimination can make any workplace uncomfortable. In some cases, it can make it unsafe. Make sure you know your rights as an employee. At Barkhordarian Law Firm, we stand in your corner so that you don’t have to go through it alone. Let us be your guides and fight for you every step of the way.
1. Speak with a Lawyer
Get a lawyer on your side to help you understand your rights. A lawyer will help explain your options and determine if you can file a lawsuit for discrimination. With an attorney on your side, you can compile the necessary evidence to build a solid case. Even more, an attorney protects you from some of the tactics employers and their legal teams use to deny your case.
2. Gather Documentation and Evidence
If any discriminatory events occurred on written paperwork or video, you could work with your attorney to compile all information related to your case. Substantial evidence may be hard to gather because many employers will avoid leaving a paper trail. It becomes more critical to have an attorney on your side.
3. Write Down Discriminatory Events
Any time you experience discrimination in the workplace, you want to be sure that you document what’s happening. Even if you can’t show the actions that occurred directly, it helps to have a detailed document that explains what happened.
Some of the things you can document include:
- Statements your employer makes about your race, religion, gender, etc.
- Decisions your employer makes based on a protected class.
- Any actions that occur because of your employer’s discrimination against you
4. Report Discrimination to Proper Government Entities
If you believe you have been the victim of discrimination, you can report the actions to government entities that govern employment law. These government agencies help investigate the claims you make against your employer to determine if you have a substantial claim. Proving claim validity is essential when filing a lawsuit to seek compensation, so be sure to report the actions against you.
In California, employment is at will. Employers can terminate a contract for whatever reason as long as it’s not illegal. However, they cannot treat employees however they please. If discrimination exists in the workplace, it can impact employees deeply. Those who suffer from it deserve to safeguard their rights and pursue the compensation they deserve.
Our Los Angeles discrimination attorneys understand how difficult it is for employees to endure troublesome activity at work. You can seek compensation and additional action should you lose your job because of the discrimination.
At Barkhordarian Law Firm, we put you first. Our team works to help fight against wrongdoing in the workplace. We genuinely care about your case because employers shouldn’t be able to take advantage of their position and treat others unfairly. Let our team prove your case and hold your employer accountable when they discriminate against you.