When you’ve been wronged by discrimination at your workplace, you’ll know it. Most victims of workplace discrimination suspect that they lost their jobs, didn’t get hired or got passed up for a promotion for unfair reasons related to their race, gender or for some other protected reason.
If you suspect you were wronged by workplace discrimination, you might want to ask yourself the following questions. If you answer yes to any of the following your situation warrants a deeper investigation:
- Do you have evidence that your employer terminated you due to a discriminatory reason? This could be written or verbal evidence that you took notes on.
- Do you have circumstantial evidence related to the discriminatory reason? Perhaps, for example, you lost your job as soon as your employer discovered your ethnicity, religion or age.
- Does your employer treat employees of a similar status differently because of the race, gender, age or another protected characteristic? Perhaps the employer lets white employees arrive to work late without any repercussions, but black employees get a warning and a write-up.
- Has your employer exhibited behaviors, make comments or show decision-making patterns that indicate an unlawful bias?
- Are there any witnesses to the discriminatory behaviors, decisions, communications and actions of your employer?
It’s sad that employers continue to discriminate against Michigan workers on the basis of a superficial reason that has no bearing on work performance. If you’ve had your career and emotional and psychological health affected by this kind of on-the-job discrimination, you may be able to assert your legal rights in a court of law.