Although workplace discrimination is against the law, Michigan victims often feel that there aren’t enough protections against discriminatory behaviors. In fact, many of these people feel twice victimized — once because of the discrimination and then again when they attempted to find a solution. Unfortunately, it is up to victims to prove that workplace discrimination has made their job environment unbearable.
On the bright side, help is readily available, meaning that you do not have to be alone when seeking a legal remedy. An employment attorney is an invaluable source of knowledgeable legal guidance and advocacy during a difficult time. Working with a lawyer can also improve your odds of achieving a satisfactory outcome. You can do your part to prove your workplace discrimination claim with the following tips.
Keep good records: Each time you feel that workplace discrimination is happening, be sure to write it down. When you decide it’s time to take legal action, your records may help your lawyer prove discrimination.
Acquire witnesses: If coworkers or other people have observed the discrimination against you, do all you can to recruit them as witnesses. You should also give your attorney their names so that they can contact them professionally.
Treatment documentation: If your suffering over these incidents has driven you to seek mental health or medical care, be sure to retain documentation of your treatment.
Physical evidence: Sometimes, workplace discrimination comes with physical evidence that strengthens allegations. Take evidence such as lewd images, emails, letters or even texts to your lawyer.
As an employee, you have the right to work in as safe and pleasant an environment as possible. Workplace discrimination and/or harassment interferes with this right. However, you can help stop discriminatory behaviors in the workplace by taking legal action.