Michael L. Feinstein, P.A.

What should you do if you experienced workplace discrimination?

Every employee in Florida has the right to a workplace that is free from discrimination and harassment. Employees who experienced this type of mistreatment are sometimes reluctant to speak out about what they experienced because they are embarrassed or unsure of what they can do. There are both state and federal laws that protect workers from these things. 

If you believe you are the victim of inappropriate or illegal treatment in the workplace, there are things you can do to protect your rights and interests. Certain steps can help as you seek to hold liable parties accountable and pursue a civil claim. This type of treatment in a workplace is reprehensible and inexcusable, and you do not have to suffer in silence.

What should you do next?

Experiencing discrimination or harassment can be overwhelming and confusing. You may not even be sure that what you experienced counts as harassment or another type of illegal treatment. You don't have to simply put up with it and hope it gets better. You can seek guidance about what you are experiencing and take the following steps:

  • Bring the issue before your employer. It is important that you bring it to his or her attention or make it clear that you perceive certain types of contact or treatment as harassment.
  • It is also prudent that you make it clear to your employer that you are taking this situation seriously and will take further action if it becomes necessary. You can also ask that your employer make a written report every time you report something to him or her.
  • Keep a log of all of the harassing and discriminatory treatment you experience in your workplace. This will be useful if you need to file a claim.
  • If your employer continues to be uncooperative or does not take your allegations seriously, you can choose to file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

These basic steps can help you protect your rights as you fight back against discrimination or harassment in your workplace. They can also be useful in the event that a civil claim is necessary down the road.

Don't fight back alone

If you are the victim of workplace discrimination or harassment, it is your right to speak up about what you experienced. It can be intimidating to report these types of things, but you do not have to walk through this process alone. An experienced Florida employment law attorney can help you understand what legal options are available to you and help you proceed.

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