How Do You Prove Discrimination In The Workplace?
Discrimination in the workplace is not only dispiriting, it’s illegal. Employees in Indiana and across the country face a daily barrage of discriminative behavior, whether it relates to a hostile work environment or involves their age, gender, race, sex or another protected category.
Employees who face discriminatory behavior may be reluctant to speak out for fear of retaliation. Others may be reluctant because they’re unsure how to go about proving that they’ve experienced unlawful discrimination in the workplace.
Attorney Stephanie Jane Hahn has worked with employees in Indianapolis and across Indiana in employment matters and discrimination claims. Here are some things to keep in mind if you find yourself a victim of discrimination.
It’s often unrealistic for employees to possess physical evidence of discriminatory behavior. But if possible, employees should keep track of:
- Physical documentation of the harassment, including text messages, notes, pictures or voicemail
- Employment policy handbooks, especially if they contain anti-harassment or anti-discrimination language
- Paychecks, particularly if they demonstrate financial retaliation on the part of the employer
- Witness accounts
- Diary or journal entries, as keeping a log of incidents can create a clearer picture of the discrimination
Employees who have experienced discrimination in the workplace sometimes resign before pursuing their legal options. Lawyers will frequently advise clients not to quit their jobs prior to pursuing a claim of discrimination or speaking with an attorney.
Often, an attorney may be able to prove that an employee was retaliated against, even without proving the underlying claim of discrimination.
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It’s important to remember that every case and circumstance is unique. Attorney Stephanie Jane Hahn is one of the most recognized and accomplished employment attorneys in Indiana and can review your case in detail.