I suspect I’ve been discriminated against in the workplace. Do I have to go to my employer or HR department before contacting a lawyer?
You don’t have to report this behavior to your HR department legally, however, it depends upon the facts of your unique situation, including what type of discrimination you are experiencing.
For example, if you are of a minority race or of a certain religion and you feel you were denied a promotion because of your race or religion, the first logical thing you should do is to report this behavior to your supervisor or to HR.
You legally would not have to do that, but if you contact an employment lawyer, they may advise you to bring it to the attention of the appropriate person before you do anything else.
Most people say, “I got passed up for this promotion. I talked to my boss, and he/she said it was because of [this or that], but that’s not true. It doesn’t make sense. I think it’s because of my [race or sex].”
It is also important to realize that no two discrimination cases are exactly the same. Your experiences are unique to you and your work environment—they must be examined as so.
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With any employment law situation, you’re likely facing many questions you aren’t sure how to answer. Uncertainty can be the biggest driver of doubt and discomfort in a work setting—our team is here to provide you with the answers you need, giving you the confidence to take appropriate action.
We encourage you to browse our other Frequently Asked Questions for more information about discrimination in the Ohio workplace:
- How is sexual discrimination in the workplace investigated?
- What should I do if I suspect I have been discriminated against in the workplace? What should I not do?
- Should I contact the EEOC?
- There’s no paper trail. Do I have a case?
- What information can I find in the employee handbook?
If you have additional questions, or would like to learn more about how an experienced Cincinnati employment law attorney can help you, contact Robert A. Klingler Co., L.P.A. today.