What to Do Should You Be Involved In a Discrimination Case
By Space Coast Daily // August 31, 2021
Thousands of discrimination cases are occurring annually, many of them happening in the workforce and in the general public every day. Whether you are the victim of discrimination or the witness, reporting it isn’t easy but it will just keep happening if you don’t take corrective action.
Oftentimes, reporting a case can lead to feeling emotionally and physically drained, with anxiety and anger creeping up on you. In order to talk to a professional and report it, you’ll need to stay calm so they can get down to the issue quicker.
If discrimination is happening at your work, you’ll need to report it to your company’s management. When employers are part of a discrimination case, they are obligated to handle it asap, in a timely manner. If it happens outside of work, you will need to file a complaint with the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, or with a U.S. attorney close to you. You can also file suit in district court, which should be handled in a timely manner as well.
When you’re claiming an act of discrimination, it’s normal to feel anxious and frustrated. When talking to professionals though, it’s important to erase these emotions and focus on the most important facts and details so the root of the cause can be determined.
Having a hunch over someone isn’t an efficient way to handle the situation and you’ll find yourself in the meeting longer than if you just started out with the facts in the first place.
Make a Record
If you were the victim of discrimination, keep a record of the time, place and date, and the names of anyone who saw the discriminatory act take place. This will keep everything in order for when you do report it, and you won’t be scrambling to try and remember small details.
This can be hard to do after you’ve been the victim of the act, but remember that it is done to help you and fix the situation from happening again in the long run.
Think of An Alternative Route
Sometimes, discrimination cases shouldn’t be a case at all. Many people that are used to being treated poorly or experienced it before can be paranoid and mistake common coworker comments or remarks as rude when they’re meant to be humorous. Sometimes, they’re not even conscious of discrimination, meaning they don’t even know they’re doing it.
The problem here is more towards misunderstanding and poor communication between you and your manager. Make a meeting and clear things up to solve the issue.