If you feel that you’re being discriminated against on the job, then one of the best things you can do is to collect documentation. Documentation is the best way to prove that you have been putting up with actions that were unfair or unnecessary should your case ever end up in litigation.
Discrimination is against the law, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has steps you can take to protect yourself if you do face it in your workplace. However, it’s always much easier to back up your claims with the right evidence.
How can you prove that you faced discrimination at work?
The documentation you possess is most important in your case. Some kinds of documentation that you can keep on hand include:
- Written statements with the date and time when certain events happened. For example, you could write, “10:15 a.m. on Nov. 15: The boss told me that women can’t do this work.”
- Emails, text messages or other digital communications with discriminatory language
- Witness statements
- Videos from the security footage your company collects
- Cell phone videos or recordings
The more documentation you put together, the better chance you’ll have of having a judge rule in your favor. That’s why it’s a good idea to talk to your attorney before you decide to leave your job. If you do plan on leaving because of the work environment, your attorney can still help you put together a case so long as you’re able to gather enough evidence ahead of time.
Our website has more information on what you can do if you’ve been discriminated against. It wasn’t fair for you to go through it, and there are people who are here to help.