Employment Law FAQ

Tips for Employees Dealing With Discrimination

Discrimination and harassment can take a number of different forms in the workplace. There are broad federal laws prohibiting discrimination and harassment against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, pregnancy, and age, among other classifications, in a variety of situations. State and local laws may contain similar protections, may provide broader protections than federal law, and may protect other classes of employees or individuals. If you are an employee, and you feel you are being discriminated against or harassed by your employer or coworkers, what can you do?

If you believe your rights have been violated, you should consider retaining an attorney as early as possible in the process. An attorney can help you sort through the complex laws which may apply, can guide you through the complexities of the legal process, and can (and perhaps most importantly) remain a calm and collected, effective advocate for your rights. Discrimination or harassment is an awful thing, which tears at the emotions of the person who is being discriminated against or harassed and, in some cases, it becomes difficult to separate from those emotions and face the realities and boundaries of the legal system. An attorney, while striving to help you and concerned for your fate, can also look at the big picture more clearly and can help you stay focused on protecting your rights and repairing your emotions.

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