It’s illegal for an employer to harass or discriminate against employees because of their race or national origin. Harassment comes in many forms: name-calling, displaying offensive cartoons, assigning undesirable duties, or even wrongful termination. If any of this seems familiar to you, the first thing you should do is look into your employer’s harassment and discrimination reporting policies. Typical reporting policies require an employee alleging harassment to notify his or her boss and the human resources department in writing. In order to retain all your rights in any lawsuit, it’s important that you follow your employer’s policy. How you handle the situation is also affected by who is making the conditions of your employment more difficult.
If you’ve been harassed by one of your peers, for example, you can’t just run out and file a lawsuit. Your employer can’t be held liable for that kind of harassment unless they are informed of it and fail to fix the situation. If you’ve been harassed by a supervisor, on the other hand, your employer is assumed to be aware of the supervisors’ conduct and is automatically liable. Obviously, other variables can come into play in a situation involving harassment and it’s important for you to know your rights. That’s where I can help. If you believe you are being targeted at work because of your race or national origin, please call me so I can help you achieve a just resolution to your problem.