You face discrimination in your workplace. Whether you hear offensive comments about your protected class, you do not receive your anticipated promotion because of your outward appearance, or you did not receive an invite to the company party due to your religion, you have the authority to bring a claim against your employer for compensation.
However, you worry that your employer will treat you with disrespect upon bringing your allegations forward. Even if you rightfully obtain your compensation for facing workplace discrimination and stay at the company, you feel as though your employer will force you out of the organization. In the United States, by law, you cannot face any type of retaliation for bringing a discrimination claim forward. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) offers the freedom from potential retaliation to encourage those facing discrimination to come forward without fear of losing their jobs.
Should you face any type of discrimination related to any of the protected classes, you want to contact an employment law attorney. These attorneys have years of experience bringing claims against employers. They can help you receive your accurate compensation for facing discrimination, as well as help you identify and combat any forms of retaliation.
Discrimination and retaliation
According to the EEOC, no person can face discrimination due to their:
- Race or color
- Genetic information
- National origin
When you file a claim with the help of your attorney, you will describe the discriminatory acts you faced due to any of the protected identifiers. The case will resolve, after you obtain compensation or a specified agreement with your company, and you may wish to return to your position after reporting a claim.
After returning to work, you cannot face retaliation. Even if your claim proved invalid in court, your employer or other employees still may not treat you poorly or unfairly. According to the EEOC, solely for bringing a claim, your employer may not:
- Fire you
- Give a poor performance evaluation
- Demote you
- Verbally or physically abuse you
- Spread rumors about you
- Make your work more difficult
If you find your employer or another employee engages in retaliation after you brought forward a claim of discrimination, you may wish to speak with an attorney immediately and document all forms of retaliation. The EEOC can inflict strict punishments on employers that engage in retaliation after a claim.