Many laws exist to ensure that you are treated as an equal in the workplace. However, too often people experience discrimination, retaliation or even worse, wrongful termination, despite there being protections in place. Often the only way to ensure that you and future workers are provided a safe and fair work environment is to take action against your employer. If you have been the victim of discrimination, you shouldn’t wait any longer. You can speak with an employment lawyer from a firm like the Law Group of Iowa to understand what your legal options are so you can decide whether to take action.
Did I experience discrimination?
Discrimination can be hard to pin point. It can take the form of small side comments from a supervisor, being passed over for promotions despite being the most qualified candidate, or continuously being given the tasks at work that no one wants to do. Since some of these experiences and decisions are subjective, it can be hard to tell whether your employer broke the law. That is why hiring a skilled lawyer can make a big difference. They are knowledgeable of the state and federal laws written to protect employees and can advise you on whether your rights have been violated, and more importantly, whether there is evidence to win your case.
What can I do if my employer is discriminating against me?
Your employer isn’t allowed to treat you differently because of your gender, race, ethnicity, age, or religion. They are also not allowed to retaliate against you if you report unsafe work conditions, discrimination, or other work place issues. If you are experiencing discrimination or retaliation you may feel that you are “crazy” or that you just have to put up with it in order to avoid even worse treatment going forward, but this isn’t the case. Speaking with an employment lawyer can give you a professional opinion on what legal recourse you have, help you determine what damages you can collect, and support you throughout the process.
What if I was wrongfully terminated from my job?
If you have been fired from your job and you think it was due to discrimination or retaliation, you should speak with an attorney. Save paperwork, emails, voicemails, or other communication that you had with HR, your supervisor, or other staff at your former place of employment. If you had a contract with your employer, were part of a union, or worked for a government agency, you have rights that your employer must have honored prior to your firing. Furthermore, your employer isn’t allowed to terminate your job due to discrimination or as retaliation for calling attention to workplace issues (also known as whistleblowing).