Workplace discrimination of any type can lead to serious harm. It can lead to missed employment opportunities, demotion, reduced pay, and even wrongful termination. Your career can quickly be shattered and your reputation diminished. Your finances can take a severe hit, too. In other words, workplace discrimination can leave you with significant damages that you don’t deserve. If you find yourself facing this hard reality now, then you need to think about taking legal action and building a case that positions you well for success.
Building your discrimination case
Regardless of how obvious your employer’s discriminatory practices may seem, you’ll need to gather evidence to support your claim before you can claim any sort of success. How do you do that? To start, you might want to gather as much documentation from your employer as you can. Your performance appraisals, attendance records, pay stubs, and complimentary emails can demonstrate the kind of worker you are and minimize any arguments by your employer that their negative employment actions were based on poor performance. Additionally, any internal memos, employment policies and practices, and any disciplinary reports can help show what kind of discriminatory behavior your employer engaged in that harmed you.
Then you’ll want to gather a list of potential witnesses. While you’ll certainly want witnesses who can attest to the discrimination that you’ve been subjected to, you can’t overlook witnesses who are likely to testify to the contrary. By speaking with both, you can better assess your case and prepare your legal strategy so that you can play aggressive offense while being prepared to play defense where you need to.
Get help building your legal strategy
There’s a lot more that goes into building your legal case than gathering documents and speaking with witnesses, but these are critical first steps. You might also need help evaluating pertinent statutory and case law, conducting depositions, negotiating resolution, and litigating in court. Fortunately, though, you don’t have to fight through this process on your own. Experienced employment law attorneys with a track record of success stand ready to help you fight for a just outcome.