You don’t have to tolerate discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Instead, you can report it to your employer and then consider legal action, if warranted. But it’s important to recognize that these cases aren’t always open and shut. This is because a lot of the evidence to support a discrimination or harassment claim is lost, leaving victims with a he-said she-said scenario that is difficult for judges and juries to decipher. So, if you’d like to make sure that you have the best case possible, then consider what you can do to best preserve your claim.
How can I build my discrimination or harassment case?
There’s a lot that you can do to protect your claim. One of the biggest tips we can provide is to document everything. You should write down every harassing or discriminatory act that you’re subjected to, noting every detail that you can remember. Also, keep track of names and information of people involved. While that includes the perpetrator, you also need to keep track of witnesses. Jot down summaries of evidence that might now be lost, such as emails or voicemails that were accidentally deleted.
This notation should include how the acts in question have affected your personal life. Try your best to capture the emotional harm that has been caused to you by being as detailed as possible. Also, keep track of any expenses related to your situation, including therapy bills and any costs associated with seeking a new job if you were improperly fired.
Don’t overlook the importance of social media, either. Your employer or perpetrator may make statements online that are indicative of discrimination or harassment. Capture screenshots or take pictures of these posts, if possible.
Putting your evidence to work
Gathering evidence takes dedication, awareness, and patience. But even after you have the evidence in hand, you still have to craft strong legal arguments that speak to the statutes in play. This can be a daunting task, especially since legalities can complicate matters considerably. But you don’t have to leave your claim to chance. Instead, you can work with an attorney who is experienced in these matters and who knows how to fight for a just outcome.