Identifying and dealing with workplace discrimination

On Behalf of | Jan 10, 2017 | Workplace Discrimination

Many New York employees face workplace discrimination due to their employment status, gender or family responsibilities. If they are being discriminated against for any reason, it can have an effect on their productivity and their ability to provide for themselves and their family members. In order to stop discrimination in the workplace, employees should know what it looks like and the steps they should take to stop it.

Employment discrimination comes in many forms. It is common for employees who are being discriminated against to miss out on promotions. They may earn less than their coworkers for the same amount of work. In some cases, they may be forced to deal with harassment daily or may be more harshly disciplined than their fellow coworkers. Some are even fired for attempting to take family leave or in retaliation for reporting discrimination.

Those who believe that they are being discriminated against can attempt to handle the issue personally. They may let the person who is involved that the behavior needs to stop. However, if the discrimination or harassment does not stop and talking to the employer does not help, they should be ready to talk to an attorney. For the best outcomes, they should be documenting the incidents as they happen.

If employers do not take action to prevent discrimination at work, they could be creating a hostile workplace. An employee discrimination attorney may assist with documenting the incidents and seeking compensation for lost income from the employer. Usually the attorney will assist with filing the lawsuit and working with the employer to negotiate a settlement. If successful, this settlement may cover income that was not earned due to missing out on a promotion or due to unlawful termination.

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