Regardless of your specific job or role at your place of employment, you should not be subject to any type of illegal or inappropriate treatment at work. One of the most common ways North Carolina employees experience mistreatment is through different forms of discrimination. If you believe you are a victim, you could feel overwhelmed and unsure of what steps you can take to make it stop and hold your employer accountable.
One step that may prove beneficial is learning more about what types of behaviors qualify as workplace discrimination and what you can do to protect yourself if you experience it. While the thought of taking action against your employer may be uncomfortable, you do not have to remain silent. You have the right to a workplace that is free from harassment, discrimination and inappropriate treatment in any form.
Know what counts as discrimination
There are a range of behaviors that may qualify as employment discrimination. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, discrimination happens when someone experiences different or negative treatment from others on the basis of his or her gender, race, religious beliefs, age, disability and other factors. In the workplace, discrimination can happen at any point of the employment process, including in hiring decisions, promotion opportunities, termination decisions and more. Discrimination can be quite obvious, or it can happen in more subtle ways.
Employees have protection from both state and federal laws against discrimination in the workplace. This means that, if you experience harassment, unfair treatment, denial of reasonable accommodations, improper questions about certain matters or retaliation after exercising your rights, you could have grounds for legal action. If you suspect there is a problem, you will benefit from documenting your experiences and seeking an opinion regarding your options.
Fighting back and protecting your rights
You may find it helpful to speak with someone about what you are experiencing in your place of work. If you are a victim of any form of workplace discrimination, you may pursue a legal claim that will hold the responsible parties accountable and allow you to seek appropriate compensation.
Workplace discrimination cases are time-sensitive, and you will benefit from taking immediate action to identify the most appropriate course of action available to you. Not only will this allow you to fight for justice for yourself, but it may also play a role in making your workplace better for others as well.