How To Identify and Address Workplace Discrimination

Discrimination or prejudice based on racial or intellectual differences has no place in today’s modern world. When these unwelcome attitudes appear in the workplace, the affected individuals have the right to seek legal protection.

Identifying and addressing workplace discrimination in New York requires an understanding of the relevant laws, as well as the procedures that are in place to stop this kind of behavior. If you have experienced discrimination in the workplace, you are not alone. Gash & Associates, P.C. can help you eliminate the harassment and hold the responsible parties accountable. We believe everyone deserves a safe work environment, and we’re ready to help you fight the discrimination in yours.

Understanding Discrimination

Workplace discrimination happens when an employee is treated unfairly because of specific characteristics such as race, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or other protected statuses. It might manifest as unequal pay, harassment, denial of promotions, wrongful termination, or any other actions that make you feel uncomfortable or unwelcome. You may notice things like:

  • Other employees are favored or get better treatment over others unrelated to their job performance or skills.
  • Differences in how much people are paid, who gets promoted, or what tasks they are given, regardless of how well they do their job or what they’re qualified for.
  • Mean or hurtful comments, jokes, or actions that are directed at specific groups of people.

Legal Protections

New York State has strong laws against workplace discrimination, including the federal protections of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the New York State Human Rights Law. These laws cover a wide range of protected classes and offer broader protections than the federal laws alone.

Steps to Address Workplace Discrimination

  1. Document Everything: Keep detailed records of incidents, including dates, times, witnesses, and what was said or done.
  2. Report Internally First: Follow your employer’s procedures for reporting discrimination. This usually involves speaking to a manager or human resources department about the harassment.
  3. Seek External Advice: If internal reporting doesn’t resolve the issue, or if you’re uncomfortable reporting internally, consider consulting with one of our attorneys specializing in employment law. You can also contact the New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
  4. File a Complaint: Once we’ve identified the source of your harassment, your attorney will file a formal complaint with the DHR, EEOC, or both. These agencies will review your case and take legal action on your behalf.
  5. Take Legal Action: Based on the outcome of the investigation, you may have the option to pursue legal action against your employer. Our attorneys can advise you on the best course of action and fight for your protected rights in court.

Let Gash & Associates Stop the Discrimination in the Workplace

Identifying and addressing workplace discrimination ensures fairness and respect for all employees. If you believe you’re experiencing discrimination, taking action against it can protect your rights and the rights of others. Call Gash & Associates today to find an experienced New York employment attorney who will fight for your rights and guide you every step of the way.