There are many situations that can arise at work that leave you feeling taken advantage of or discriminated against. No matter how alone you feel, there is support out there and action to take if you find yourself in these circumstances. Here is what to do if your employer treats you unfairly.
Make a List of the Incidents
Keeping a record of the incidents is a simple but effective tool. First off, it helps you better understand what happened and see clearly what went wrong. It is also helpful to have on hand when pursuing any legal counsel because it contains details that might otherwise be forgotten with time. Try to document things like the date, time, names of those involved, and a chronological account of the conversation or situation.
Contact Your Human Resources Representative
If you work at a company or organization that has a human resources department, find their contact information and set up a meeting. It is their job to ensure the safety and dignity of employees. If you work at a place where there is no human resources representative, consider reaching out to your boss’s direct superior. You can also consider finding a coworker to confide in—they may be able to help you as you report the incidents.
Understand Your Legal Options
An important step to take when you experience unfair treatment is understanding—and potentially pursuing—your legal options. Research more about the different types of employment lawsuits and if your claim fits into any of the categories. If you believe you have a legitimate claim, find a lawyer who offers free consultations to determine your case’s viability.
Sometimes it can feel impossible to know what to do if your employer treats you unfairly. But you have seen and felt the signs for a long time. You can receive the support you need if you take some of these first steps and get legal counsel.