Do you feel you have been a victim of workplace discrimination? What about sexual harassment? It can be difficult to understand if you were truly a victim, which steps you can take, and where you can turn for help.
Recent Cases of Workplace Discrimination or Harassment
Unfortunately, workplace discrimination and harassment occurs. Every year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) helps many people obtain compensation as a victim of workplace discrimination or sexual harassment. To better understand what types of situations lead to this outcome, here are three recent updates from the agency:
- Achiote Restaurant Sued by EEOC for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation
- Sharp Healthcare Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination
- BMW to Pay $1.6 Million and Offer Jobs to Settle Federal Race Discrimination Lawsuit
- Construction company to pay $38,000 following pregnancy discrimination
These are just a few of the cases involving discrimination or harassment that the EEOC has recently handled. It will likely not be the last. Discrimination or harassment can occur in an existing workplace, or during the hiring process. Candidates who are denied an interview or job offer due to their race, religion, gender, national origin, can also be discriminated against.
Steps to Take Following Workplace Discrimination or Harassment
Nobody wants to be a victim of discrimination or sexual harassment at their place of employment, but this happens from time to time. If you find yourself in this situation, consider the following steps:
- Contacting the EEOC: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Committee (EEOC) regulates discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Find your nearest office to file a complaint against workplace discrimination. You can also find more information on their website.
- Notify your employer: Many laws require that employees notify their human resource department or manager of the discrimination or harassment in a timely manner. However, if the discrimination or harassment comes from one of these departments, employees may not feel comfortable reporting it to them.
- Contact an experienced law firm: Depending on the outcome of the EEOC investigation and your damages, you may have a case. Employers cannot discriminate or sexually harass their employees. If you are left with damages, you may be eligible to file a case.
- Maintain all evidence: If you and a lawyer decide to pursue compensation, you will need evidence of the discrimination or harassment. Keep all emails or other forms of communication that prove the illegal behaviors. Your lawyer may try to pursue co-worked witnesses who may have been present during the harassment.
All employees deserve a fair and comfortable work environment. If someone at your work has been discriminatory to you or you have been the victim of sexual harassment, it is important to explore your options. Available compensation could include lost wages and work benefits, as well as any other damages you incurred.