Workplace discrimination can cause a lot of damage to your career, your emotional well-being, and your financial stability. Although you might be able to stem the harm caused to you by egregious workplace behavior and retaliation, it can be difficult to gather the courage to stand up and speak out. We understand that, but having your voice heard is necessary if you want to secure a fair outcome that protects your future.
One way to calm your fears about taking legal action against your employer is to gain a full understanding of the process. This includes the logistical steps in filing and litigating an employment law claim, but it also entails knowing how to gather evidence and avoid making what could be costly mistakes. In this week’s post, we want to focus on the latter.
Although much of the focus in your workplace discrimination case is going to be on gathering and presenting evidence against your employer, you also want to be cognizant of the mistakes you could make that could jeopardize your claim. This includes:
- Neglecting to report discriminatory behavior: When you’re being discriminated against, your priority is to bring the behavior in question to a stop. Your first step in doing so is to report the discrimination to your employer. At that point, hopefully action will be taken to protect you. If it’s not, then at least you’ve created a record of trying to get your employer’s help and can capture their response to your request.
- Inadequately documenting discriminatory events: If you end up taking legal action for workplace discrimination, then you’re going to have to recall events months after the fact. That can be difficult to do, and the fuzziness of your memories can leave your claim unpersuasive. Therefore, as you experience discrimination and report it to your employer, you should be sure to document the events in detail.
- Retaliating against your employer: When you suffer an adverse employment decision because of discrimination or your report of discrimination, it can be tempting to find a way to get back at your employer. However, doing so could land you in trouble, and it could put your legal claim at risk. At best, such retaliatory actions will distract a judge and jury from the discrimination that’s been targeted against you, thereby watering down the power of your claim.
- Leaving your job: To get the most out of your employment law claim, you’ll have to demonstrate the full extent of the damages that you’ve suffered. If you voluntarily quit your job, then it might be hard to recover compensation for your lost wages and other damages since you assumed them on your own volition. We know it can be hard, but you should try to hang onto your job as long as possible until you reach some sort of resolution in your case.
You have a lot on the line when you’ve been subjected to workplace discrimination and decide to take legal action. With that in mind, look for the best legal strategies to support your claim. There are a lot of different ways to approach your claim, so take the time needed to find the one that’s right for you. If you need help in that regard, then you might want to have a discussion with your attorney about the advantages and disadvantages of each course of action.