What to Do if You Have a Discrimination Claim
Federal law makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against someone on the basis of ethnicity, race, gender, disability, national origin, creed, family status, or status in regards to military service. Each of these designations is considered to be a protected class in regards to employment.
Even with clear-cut guidelines, employment discrimination occurs — and is often difficult to prove even when your employer has treated you in an offensive manner. The law regarding employment discrimination can be complex and frustrating for the average American worker to understand. If you have been wrongfully terminated, passed over for a promotion, or not hired in the first place, there are several actions you must take to prove a case of employment discrimination exists.
Documentation is key
It is important to begin documenting the facts of your case as soon as possible if you fall into one of these protected classes. While you are understandably upset at being treated unfairly, remember to keep your documentation factual and free of emotion. You should save (in a safe location) voice mail messages, email messages and other written correspondence that proves your claim. It is also crucial to document the names of people involved and specific details about interactions that you feel prove your claim of employment discrimination.
Filing a claim
You have 180 days after being fired, denied promotion or not being hired to file a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC). Once your complaint has been filed, you must wait to receive a right to sue letter. This gives you the clearance to sue your employer in court within 90 days of receiving the letter.
Reddy Law Firm, P.C. is available to assist you in filing your claim with the EEOC. After you receive your right to sue letter, our skilled employment discrimination lawyers will represent you in court. At Reddy Law Firm, P.C., our lawyers will ensure that you receive fair representation throughout your lawsuit.