What Should I Do and Not Do If I Suspect that I Have Been Discriminated Against in the Workplace?
It’s always important to seek consultation from an employment attorney about your specific situation before making any decision about how to move forward. Do you complain to your employer immediately, or do you need to take other steps first? Will your rights be best protected by filing for a certain charge of discrimination or another kind of complaint with a federal entity? An employment lawyer can help determine these questions. There are certain claims that have prerequisites to move forward with the potential claim, so it’s important to know what prerequisites there might be in order to bring forth your claim.
Also, is there a statute of limitations? Many times with regards to discrimination matters, there is a prerequisite if you intend to take your claim any further with litigation. Even in a pre-litigation process, there might be a statute of limitations that runs from the date of your initial discriminatory action. Therefore, the important thing is to get advice soon and not wait because there are time periods that may be approaching that you’re not taking advantage of when you don’t seek legal advice.
If you suspect that you’ve been discriminated against in the workplace, certain complaints may elevate your legal position, but it’s important to know what those complaints might be and how to word those complaints so that you are protecting yourself. If you just make a general complaint without actually referencing the discrimination, it might not provide you the same elevated rights that you would have if you had actually identified what the discrimination is.
It also depends on the person that you complain about in the workplace as to whether or not you will have legal protection. If you suspect discrimination, the best thing to do is to seek consultation with an employment law attorney. There are many rights under Florida and federal law that may offer you protection for those discriminatory actions and that’s best handled by recommendations from an employment attorney.
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