When at work, no one should have to deal with discrimination in any of its forms. Unfortunately, there are plenty of people in California and elsewhere who deal with various types of workplace discrimination on a regular basis. Are you one of them?
While this may be a common thing, it does not make it okay. In fact, victims of workplace discrimination may have the ability to hold their employers accountable for any damages suffered as a result of such behavior.
How common is it?
The firm VitalSmarts completed a study about workplace discrimination and recently released the results. A total of 500 victims of discrimination took part in the study. Of those polled, close to 50 percent claim to experience discrimination on a frequent basis while on the job.
What are the possible effects of workplace discrimination?
Going back to the study, 66 percent of discrimination victims claim that it directly affects their work performance and motivation. Many victims also claim to have feelings of anger, frustration, depression and helplessness.
It is not uncommon for employees to take their work issues home with them at the end of the day. So, not only will discrimination in the workplace affect your professional life, it can take a toll on your personal life as well.
Forms of discrimination seen in a work environment
Sadly, there are quite a few. Those most commonly reported include:
Discrimination in any of these or other forms, even if it is subtle, can have harmful effects.
What should I do?
Approximately 60 percent of the people in the study stated that they are unsure of how to manage discrimination or keep it from reoccurring.
If workplace discrimination has affected you, informing your employer of the issue is the first step in getting it to stop. If your employer fails to take action, you may pursue legal actions to address the matter.
Do not go through this fight alone
Workplace discrimination can make going to work a dreadful experience. There is no reason that it should be this way.
If you have done everything in your power to stop the abuse, and reporting the problem did not produce a desirable result, you may have the right to file a civil claim against your employer. A skilled attorney can review your case and, if appropriate, help you take the necessary actions to seek full and fair compensation for any economic and non-economic damages you may have sustained as a result.