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Have a Legal Question?
Imagine the following scenario. You were hired along with an entire team of people by a company. Over the past few years you have worked together on the same projects. Your contribution to the project has been the same if not greater than many of the other members of the team. You are always on time, you are courteous, and you have been told many times by supervisors that you are a positive asset to the team. However, it comes to your attention that over the past year and a half every single member of your team has gotten a raise but you. What do you do?
Are You a Victim of Workplace Discrimination?
It can be challenging for an employee to determine if the treatment they are receiving is due to a performance issue on their part or if it is a result of discrimination. Many people are reluctant to categorize the treatment that they receive at work as some form of discrimination. However, as the treatment persists, they begin to feel stressed, confused, fearful, and anxious.
When an individual chooses to fight workplace discrimination, they have to realize that they are going to face an uphill battle. There will be negative consequences for them. There is also the risk of losing the source of income that they currently have. Finding a lawyer to fight against workplace discrimination is financially costly and can permanently damage the reputation of an employee.
One the other side of the coin, the decision to fight workplace discrimination can produce positive benefits. If it is proven that an individual is not given a raise while other members of their team are because of discrimination, it could mean significant financial rewards for them. Additionally, standing up against injustice makes things easier for other employees in the same position.
If you make the decision to report discrimination at work, there are a lot of avenues that will be available to you. One option is to use the internal regulating apparatus that your company has available to report the problem. If the company you work for does not have an HR department, you may want to proceed my speaking with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Complaints can be filed with this board anonymously, or they can be filed by an organization on behalf of an employee.
In some instances, it may be necessary to seek legal action to recoup lost wages. The advantage of having skilled lawyers work with you is that they understand the law, and they also understand how the law applies to your case. These attorneys will serve as skilled negotiators who will be able to help you navigate through the muddled waters of filing an employment discrimination complaint. Contact us online today or call 312.332.6733 to seek legal aid concerning your employment discrimination situation.