As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, facing discrimination in the workplace can be a challenging and stressful experience. It's important to know your rights and take action to protect yourself. Here are some steps you can take if you're facing sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace:
1. Document Everything
It's essential to keep a record of any incidents of discrimination or harassment. Write down what happened, when it happened, who was involved, and any witnesses. Keep any emails, text messages, or other evidence that supports your claim. This documentation will be crucial if you decide to file a complaint or a lawsuit.
2. Report the Discrimination
If you feel comfortable, report the discrimination to your employer's HR department or supervisor. Explain what happened and provide any evidence you have. Your employer has a legal obligation to investigate your complaint and take appropriate action to stop the discrimination.
3. File a Complaint with the EEOC
If your employer doesn't take action to stop the discrimination, you can file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC is a federal agency that investigates claims of employment discrimination. You must file a complaint with the EEOC within 180 days of the discrimination.
4. Consider Legal Action
If you've exhausted all other options, you may want to consider filing a lawsuit against your employer. A discrimination attorney can help you navigate the legal process and fight for your rights.
5. Take Care of Yourself
Facing discrimination can take a toll on your mental health and well-being. It's essential to take care of yourself during this time. Seek support from friends, family, or a therapist. Remember, you're not alone, and there are resources available to help you.
If you're facing sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace, it's essential to take action to protect yourself. Contact Phillips & Associates, Attorneys at Law, for a consultation. Our experienced discrimination attorneys can help you understand your rights and fight for justice.