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How to respond to workplace discrimination

No one expects – in this modern age – to be victimized by employment-related discrimination. Whether you are a minority, a person with a disability, a woman or a person who belongs to a certain religion, you probably expect that your employer will respect current laws and treat you equally and respectfully. However, employment-related discrimination continues to be a problem in the United States and anyone, even a white male, could become a victim.

If you are experiencing employment-related discrimination at your workplace, here are a few things you should do:

1. Tell your employer about the discrimination and document the fact via an email message that you print and save in your records at home.

2. Request a written confirmation from your employer that you have made the complaint and request an investigation into the matter. Your employer is required to investigate your reports of harassment and discrimination.

3. If your employer doesn't air your complaints or make an effort to stop the abuse, you may want to file a formal complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which is responsible for ensuring compliance with federal anti-discrimination and anti-harassment regulations. You may also want to contact the state-level equivalent of the EEOC.

4. Keep track of all each discriminatory or harassment incident in a notebook or in the notes on your cellphone. Write down the date, time, place, witnesses, who was involved and what was said or done to you.

5. Save all evidence. Evidence of discrimination could include notes, pictures, emails, text messages, voicemails and other things that were provided or sent to you that are discriminatory in nature.

If you follow the above five tips, you'll be well on your way to protecting your constitutional right to work in a job that's free of discrimination. You may also want to investigate what will be required to prove your discrimination claims in federal court.

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