Despite the many federal and state laws prohibiting employment discrimination, it still occurs at an alarming rate in California and other states. It is difficult in many cases to understand why employment discrimination still happens in this age of tolerance and acceptance. Some victims may even have difficulty determining if they are suffering discrimination or just imagining things.
If you are having these kinds of thoughts at all, it may serve your best interests to seek professional advice about your work issues. A meeting with an employment lawyer can help you uncover the truth about your employment situation. It offers the added advantage of providing you with suggestions for a legal action plan if discrimination based on gender, religion age or disability has indeed occurred.
In the event you and your attorney do identify discrimination, you will need evidence to prove your claims. Documentation of these events is one of the best ways to show how you suffered from employment discrimination. Below are several examples of strong documentation that can help support your case.
- Your personnel file can contain important information about your employment history. For example, if you have been the target of unwarranted disciplinary actions.
- Your payroll records are also important as they can show a pattern of reducing your hours of cutting your pay.
- If other people have witnessed any employment discrimination against you, have them put it in writing if they are willing to do so.
- Your company's employee handbook can also support your case by showing how a supervisor or coworker violated company policy.
- Physical evidence in the form of emails, letters or even offensive photographs can also help you and your lawyer prove discrimination has occurred.
If you are subjected to employment discrimination, you don't have to simply accept it. An experienced attorney can help you seek compensation for your employer's, supervisor's or co-worker's actions.