What to do when filing a harassment complaint

| Feb 25, 2020 | Workplace Discrimination |

It isn’t uncommon for individuals in California and throughout the country to experience discrimination at work. According to a Good Housekeeping poll, 48% of respondents said that they were discriminated against because they were female or knew someone who experienced such discrimination. Furthermore, 46% of respondents said that they were victims of sexual harassment or knew of a woman who was. Regardless of their gender, workers who experience any type of mistreatment at work are encouraged to document their experiences.

In some cases, individuals may be victims of unconscious biases. For example, they may not be considered for promotions because management doesn’t think that a new parent would want to travel. However, it could still be a violation of employment law, and having a record of such a violation can be helpful when it comes time to file a complaint. It can also be helpful to talk to an attorney before filing a complaint.

This is because HR departments are typically there to make sure that employers minimize their liability. Those who pursue legal action should be ready to settle their cases as the law may be ambiguous as to whether an employer did anything wrong. Furthermore, companies like to settle cases because it is typically faster and less expensive to do so as opposed to going to court.

Individuals who are treated differently than other workers because of their race, gender or national origin may be victims of workplace discrimination. A workplace discrimination case may be resolved through a settlement or after a formal trial. Those who choose to pursue legal action of any kind may want to do so with the help of an attorney. This may make it easier to obtain a favorable outcome in a case regardless of how it is reached.