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Discrimination in the Workplace: What to do if You've Been Targeted

Posted by Athena M. Herman | Jan 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

No matter the type, discrimination can be a humiliating obstacle to face. Discrimination in the workplace can be particularly stressful, however, as your career could be in jeopardy. If you have suffered employment discrimination at the hands of an Illinois business, the attorneys at Benassi & Benassi are here to help you seek justice.

What is Employment Discrimination?

Employment discrimination occurs when an employer treats an employee differently based on his or her membership with a protected class. Employment discrimination can take many forms. Federal law makes it illegal to discriminate in the workplace against:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • National origin
  • Sex
  • Pregnancy
  • Disability
  • Sexual orientation.

Discrimination can take the form of treating an employee more poorly than other employees or can occur when a company policy or rule creates an adverse effect on certain individuals. If an employer puts into place a strength requirement that puts women at a disadvantage over men, for example, then female applicants might have a case for discrimination against the company.

The ramifications of discrimination can be wide-ranging, from being compensated at a lower rate than other employees, being denied employment, being fired from a job, or being retaliated against for actions like making a complaint against the company.

What Should I Do if I am Facing Employment Discrimination in the Workplace?

If you feel that you have been discriminated against in the workplace, then there are several steps that you should take. These include:

  • Tell your employer: one of the first steps in handling employment discrimination, no matter how awkward, is telling your employer that you feel you were discriminated against.
  • Contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC): this is a very important step and should be taken quickly because there is a short window of time for which an employee can report discriminatory conduct by an employer and still have a case.
  • Keep records: if you feel that you have been discriminated against, it is important to keep a record of all discriminatory incidents. An easy way to do so is to keep a log of the date and time that each discriminatory action took place, along with a detailed account of what happened.
  • Call an attorney: if you feel that you are facing discriminatory actions in the workplace, then you need the help of an experienced attorney who deals with discrimination cases on a regular basis. An attorney can help you gather evidence and formulate your claim.

Are You a Victim of Employment Discrimination? Call Today

If you have suffered discrimination at the hands of an Illinois employer, you need an experienced discrimination attorney to help you with your case. Look no further--the attorneys at Benassi & Benassi are standing by to help you receive the justice which you deserve. To schedule a consultation to speak with an attorney about your case, fill out an online consultation form or call (309) 276-0601 today.

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Athena M. Herman

Athena M. Herman practices in the areas of employment discrimination law, general employment law, and civil rights law...

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