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How to deal with discrimination in the workplace

In a perfect world, nobody would have to face discrimination anywhere, let alone in the workplace. In fact, between federal and state laws, workplace discrimination is illegal in California, which should mean that nobody must suffer such treatment. Unfortunately, making something illegal does not necessarily prevent it from happening, and many California employees still find themselves on the receiving end of unjust and unwarranted mistreatment.

If you are suffering from discrimination in the workplace, the first thing you should do is inform your employer; generally speaking, this means notifying the superior of the person you believe is discriminating against you, but it could also mean informing a human resources representative. Stress that you are serious about the issue, and that you intend to handle it seriously, including taking note of specific instances of discrimination and requesting that your employer keep records of your reports.

Unfortunately, some employers do not take such allegations seriously or simply do not act upon them. If this happens to you, then you may wish to consult an outside entity, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. With a large enough paper trail, including comprehensive notes detailing the incidents of discrimination and any evidence such as eyewitness testimony, you will likely be able to have the situation resolved relatively easily.

Still, employment law can be very complex, and the more entities that become involved in an issue, the more complex the issue may become. This is why it is recommended that you consult an attorney who is familiar with the law in your state. Legal assistance can help you better understand your rights and even take serious legal action against your employer to hold them accountable for any unjust treatment you may have received.

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