You may have heard of the word discrimination, but do you know what that means in the context of your workplace? Federal and State Laws protect you from unwelcomed or unfair treatment at work.
To “discriminate” against someone means to treat that person differently, or less favorably, for some reason. Discrimination can occur while you are at school, at work, or in a public place, such as a mall or subway station. You can be discriminated against by school friends, teachers, coaches, co-workers, managers, or business owners. If you have been harassed, discriminated or retaliated against, by an employer, MichiganLawsuit.com attorneys can help!!
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is responsible for protecting you from one type of discrimination – employment discrimination because of your race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, disability, age (age 40 or older), or genetic information. Other laws may protect you from other types of discrimination, such as discrimination at school.
The laws enforced by EEOC protect you from employment discrimination when it involves:
*Unfair treatment because of your race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, disability, age (age 40 or older), or genetic information.
*Harassment by managers, co-workers, or others in your workplace, because of your race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, disability, age (age 40 or older), or genetic information.
*Denial of a reasonable workplace change that you need because of your religious beliefs or disability.
Improper questions about or disclosure of your genetic information or medical information.
*Retaliation because you complained about job discrimination or assisted with a job discrimination proceeding, such as an investigation or lawsuit.
- Submit an online inquiry.
- Schedule an interview with someone from the EEOC.
- Submit a charge of discrimination.
Ensure that you meet the time limits for reporting discrimination. In most cases, you must file a charge within 180 calendar days.
Report discrimination to local government
States and local governments also have anti-discrimination laws. Report discrimination to a local Fair Employment Practices Agency (FEPA). If the discrimination breaks both a state and federal law, the FEPA will also send your complaint to the EEOC.
Report discrimination in federal employment
Federal employees and job applicants report discrimination to the equal employment office (EEO) at the agency where it happened. Follow the EEO’s complaint process within 45 calendar days.
File a discrimination lawsuit
GET AN ATTORNEY!! You can sue an employer for discrimination. If the lawsuit is based on a federal law, you must file a complaint with the EEOC first.
Have you been a victim of workplace discrimination?