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Tips for reporting workplace discrimination in NY

On Behalf of | May 29, 2024 | Workplace Discrimination |

Employers are paying more attention to fostering diversity and inclusion within their businesses. Yet, discrimination at work remains a major problem in the United States, with 67,000 reported cases in 2020 alone. This figure clearly highlights a significant gap between well-intended policies and daily workplace realities.

Discrimination – whether based on race, gender, age, disability, or any other characteristic – can be a deeply unsettling and harmful experience for anyone. If you are an employee facing this issue, it is crucial to know the practical steps you can take to stand up for your rights.

Gather evidence

Discrimination can take many forms. It could be subtle, like a troubling remark about your background, or something bigger, like not getting a well-deserved promotion. Recognizing when it happens is the first step toward effective documentation.

Keep a detailed record of incidents, noting dates, times, places and the individuals involved. This evidence can serve as a powerful tool if you decide to take legal action.

Act promptly

When it comes to reporting workplace discrimination, swift action is vital. Start by familiarizing yourself with your company’s process for reporting discrimination. After that, report the incident to the appropriate person in your company. This might be your supervisor, human resources or a designated equality officer.

If internal reporting does not resolve the issue, or if you are uncomfortable with internal reporting altogether, you can file a complaint with the New York State Department of Labor or the New York State Division of Human Rights.

Facing discrimination at work is more than just a legal issue – it is a deeply personal one that can affect your sense of security and self-worth. In these moments, it is crucial to remember that you are not alone and there are steps you can take to address the situation. Remember, you have the right to work in a fair and respectful environment.