We all know that there are laws both state and federal that do not allow for any kind of discrimination on the job. But we also know that no matter what it does go on. It can be discrimination based on race, color, religion, age as well as sex. No matter what the laws state, you may still run into these situations and here are a few ideas on how to handle a situation that might come up while you are working.
The first thing you should always do is make sure that you have read all of your jobs policies pertaining to discrimination that should be found in your employers handbook. A lot of employers will list their policies in these so that the information is available to everyone who works there. These policies should also explain to you how to go about reporting cases of discrimination.
If you feel you have a solid case of discrimination you should take the issue immediately to your supervisor. If your supervisor is not available or can't handle the situation then you need to either go to the personnel office or your human resources department. You need to make sure that they are aware of the situation so they can investigate your complaint and then take action against it.
If you find that you are not getting the help that you should get from your employer you may have to step outside of the boundaries of your employment and go to your states Department of Labor. Here they will be able to supply you with official forms that you can fill out and file a claim against the employer.
You will need to give them all the needed information, especially witnesses that can back up your complaint. The Department of Labor will then take it upon themselves to do an investigation into the accused misconduct on the part of your employer.
If this is not good enough, then you can take it a step further by taking your complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or EEOC. You will need to give them all of your contact info, your employers contact info, a description of what the violation is a long with the date that it happened. They then will go a head and perform their own investigation of the complaint themselves.
You might also consider contacting a lawyer that specializes in law dealing with employment and the rights of employees. They can not only give you sound advise they can also help you fight for your rights and can be your representative in court should it go as far as to need a hearing.
Note: If you are wanting to get the EEOC involved you will need to let them know of the complaint within just 180 days of when it happened or they will not be able to help you, so it's important that you don't procrastinate. Also, if you happen to w