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What can you do about employment discrimination?

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Employment discrimination can turn a potentially fantastic job into a nightmare. That's one of the reasons that it's so important for everyone to report when there's a problem on the job. Whether you see a female coworker face discrimination, or you're passed over for a promotion because of a disability, you need to point out when something seems wrong.

Discrimination is wrong, and there are several groups of people protected against discrimination by law. People are protected against discrimination based on age, race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, disability, genetic information and other differences.

What should you do if you're a victim of discrimination?

Typically, the first step is to talk to your boss or human resources department about the discrimination you believe you've been the victim of. It's very important to try to resolve the situation at work if you can. If the employer doesn't know about a problem, they won't have an opportunity to fix it, so that's the first step.

If they know about the issue and refuse to take steps to correct it, that's a different story. In that case, you may wish to reach out to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and begin working with your attorney to make sure your employer knows the policies that they're violating and compensates you accordingly.

In worst-case scenarios, your attorney can help you take an employer, co-worker or another party to court over the discrimination you've faced. In those cases, you can fight for compensation and speak out about the negative interactions and discrimination that you've faced.

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