While several federal and state laws protect against workplace discrimination, proving that you’ve been the victim of discrimination can be a daunting task.
There are specific details and documentation that you should provide when filing a workplace discrimination lawsuit.
What is workplace discrimination?
Basically, workplace discrimination is said to have occurred when an employee is treated unfairly based on their gender, race, sexuality, disability or other prejudices. An employer could be violating the law if they treat you differently because of your inclusion in any number of protected classes under federal, state or local laws.
How to document workplace discrimination in California
If you believe you are being discriminated against in the workplace, you can take your employer to court. But courts need evidence to rule in your favor, so what can you bring to the table?
- Your work records and employment reviews: If you were always a highly-rated employee until the discrimination started, your work record may show a “before” and “after” pattern that’s clear.
- Physical evidence that’s been left behind: Photos of “jokes” left on your desk or words scrawled on your locker can be compelling evidence of discrimination.
- Witness statements: Your co-workers can be called to testify to what they’ve witnessed, so take note of who was around when discriminatory events happened.
- Your personal journal: A journal can help you keep track of details that might be otherwise lost — and details can be convincing to a jury and lend credibility to your account.
While there are many legislative acts that protect employees from discrimination, the vice is still widespread. Proving a discrimination claim in court or before the EEOC can be a daunting task, especially if you do not know the facts of the law. An experienced employment attorney can help you put together strong evidence and walk with you through the complex legal process to ensure that you get the justice you deserve.