Understanding Workplace Discrimination

Workplace discrimination occurs when an employee is treated unfavorably because of characteristics such as race, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, or sexual orientation. In Texas, it’s not only unethical but also illegal under both state and federal laws.

Steps to Take If You Face Discrimination at Work

  1. Recognize the Signs: Discrimination can be overt, like derogatory comments, or subtle, like being consistently passed over for promotions without valid reasons. Recognize these signs early.
  2. Document Everything: Keep a detailed record of all instances of discrimination, including dates, times, locations, and any witnesses. Emails, messages, and other written communications can be crucial evidence.
  3. Review Company Policies: Familiarize yourself with your employer’s anti-discrimination policies and procedures. This information is usually found in your employee handbook.
  4. Report the Discrimination: Follow your company’s procedure for reporting discrimination. Typically, this involves reporting to a supervisor or human resources department. Keep a record of these reports.
  5. Seek Support: Discrimination can take a toll on your mental and emotional health. Consider speaking to a counselor or joining a support group.
  6. Know Your Rights: Familiarize yourself with the rights afforded to you under Texas law and federal laws like the Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  7. Consult a Lawyer: If the situation doesn’t improve, or if you face retaliation for reporting, consult with an employment lawyer to understand your legal options.

How Gomez Law, PLLC Can Help

At Gomez Law, PLLC, we are committed to fighting for the rights of employees who have faced discrimination in the workplace. Here’s how we can assist:

  • Expert Legal Advice: Our experienced attorneys can provide you with a clear understanding of your rights and the legal avenues available to you.
  • Investigation and Documentation: We can help gather and organize evidence to build a strong case.
  • Representation: If your case goes to litigation, our team will represent you with the utmost professionalism and dedication.
  • Negotiation: We can negotiate with employers for settlements, including compensation for damages like lost wages and emotional distress.

Take Action Against Workplace Discrimination

If you believe you are a victim of workplace discrimination in Texas, it’s crucial to act promptly. Gomez Law, PLLC is here to support you every step of the way. Contact us for a consultation, and let’s work together to uphold your rights and seek justice.