As an employee, you have a right to work in an environment free of hostility and poor treatment. The onus is not only on your employer to sustain these conditions but also on your coworkers.
If you or someone you know has faced discrimination by a coworker in your Pennsylvania workplace, here are some ways you can take action.
How do I report workplace discrimination from a coworker?
You should not ignore workplace discrimination. If a coworker is displaying discriminatory behavior or is harassing you, you can report the behavior to your employer’s human resources department. In many cases, reporting to HR is not enough to fix the problem. If you find this to be true in your situation, you can go a step further by reporting your coworker’s discrimination to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. You can also take your claim to the federal level by filing a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. An experienced attorney can help you navigate the ins and outs of the discrimination claim process.
How can I help others dealing with workplace discrimination?
There are some ways you can help a colleague facing workplace discrimination. If you see discriminatory behavior against a coworker, you may offer yourself as a witness to corroborate their discrimination claim. Additionally, you can encourage them to seek knowledgeable counsel to defend their rights.
Workplace discrimination is not acceptable. There are several ways for you and your colleagues to protect yourselves from the discriminatory behavior of other employees at work.