Each state, including Michigan, has laws against workplace discrimination. Federal protections also exist. Despite this obvious awareness of the problem, discrimination continues to occur at an alarming rate in Detroit workplaces.
As attorneys, we spend a lot of time telling victims what they should do in the face of workplace discrimination. It’s also important to know what not to do when discrimination occurs. Seeking a legal remedy is important. However, you don’t want to derail your efforts before you even get started dealing with the problem.
First, don’t discount the importance of an evidence trail. While your attorney will take your reports of workplace discrimination seriously, others may not if you do not have evidence to support your allegations. This means keeping a log of each incident complete with the date, the time and the names of those involved, including witnesses.
Don’t wait to report workplace discrimination. Once you have your log in hand, it is critical to proceed quickly. Discrimination or harassment may get worse if the alleged perpetrator feels free to continue. Further, the person or people who engaged in such behaviors may leave the company.
Don’t let your emotions get the better of you. Anger, shame, humiliation, betrayal, hurt and fear are all examples of negative feelings that arise from workplace discrimination. Letting these feelings run wild may lead you to say or do things that could hurt your case. Instead, try to remain respectful and calm throughout your ordeal.
An experienced attorney can guide you in these matters before you leave your job. We invite you to learn more about discrimination and harassment in the workplace by continuing to review our website.