Almost everyone strives to do well in life, especially at their job; from landing the job in the first place, to keeping that job, and advancing, or receiving a promotion for their excellent work at their job.
A very simple and logical belief is that if you are responsible and work hard, you will do well in your job and in every other area of your life. This is an honorable principle which can go far in most cases.
Unfortunately, however, there are some cases where this principle is not appreciated, and hard work and talents are often overlooked for unfair reasons. When your employer does not appreciate you and treats you unfairly, this can create a very uncomfortable and unpleasant work environment which impedes your desire, motivation, and ability to succeed as well as undue mental and emotional stress.
Such treatment is usually a form of employment or workplace discrimination.
What Constitutes Employment Discrimination?
In the State of Michigan, discriminating against, or unfairly treating, an employee because of age, gender, disability, pregnancy, religion, or national origin or race is illegal. In addition, taking discriminatory, or adverse, illegal action against an employee who reported illegal activity or fraud at the workplace (whistleblowing) is also unlawful.
Such discrimination is not limited to just firing, demoting or denying a promotion to an employee. There are many various forms of discrimination which take place and are illegal according to Michigan law.
• Wrongful termination
• Demotion or transfer
• Lack of promotion
• Unfavorable job assignments
• Failure to hire
• Retaliation against an employee for filing a discrimination claim
• Sexual harassment
• Dismissal for participation in an investigation regarding discrimination or harassment
• Pay disparity
What Should You Do if Discriminated Against?
Many times, these discriminatory acts can be very subtle, and no real-life situation is ever cut and dried. However, if you believe that you have been discriminated against and feel that there is evidence in support of this belief, it is crucial that you document these offenses, then contact an employment discrimination attorney right away to help you sort through the muddle and decide your best course of action.
Don’t wait. If it happens once, that is too many times.
Act quickly and let an attorney decide whether you have a concrete case of discrimination. Once it is determined by the attorney that you have been discriminated against, he or she will assist you in submitting a claim either to the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) or the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC).
Keep in mind that you must file a claim with MDCR within 180 days of the discriminatory act, while a claim must filed with the EEOC within 300 days of the offense. Also, importantly, some Michigan courts have held that an employer can shorten the time you have to submit a claim.
Therefore, your first and most important step is to consult with an employment attorney who specializes in employment discrimination.
We all wish life was fair. However, if it isn’t, especially within the workplace, our fine, experienced employment attorneys can help you receive the treatment and/or compensation you deserve.