Grin and bear it or quit? What if there was another way!
We know that employment discrimination exists, but we never think it will happen to us. Whether you’re a cook at a restaurant or a Vice President at a major corporation, employment discrimination can happen to anyone, anywhere, at anytime. When employment laws are being broken, what can you do?
Your first step should be to seek advice from someone you trust, specifically someone outside of your workplace. Talk to a friend, a family member, a mentor, a former colleague, or a significant other. Be sure this is someone who gives sound advice and has the ability to see both sides of the situation. Provide your confidant with all pertinent information and go from there.
Perhaps an even more important step, though, is to make yourself familiar with employment discrimination laws and your state employment laws. You might think that a law is being violated, but it’s better to know for sure what you’re up against.
What You Can Do When Employment Laws Are Being Violated
You’ve received confirmation from your trusted source that you very well may be experiencing employment discrimination, but what’s the next step? Below are some options when dealing with a violation of your employee rights.
One on One
Sometimes the best way to resolve issues or conflict within the workplace is by meeting with your boss and bringing it to his or her attention. When you meet with your boss it doesn’t have to be confrontational, but be straightforward with your concerns. If a one on one with your direct superior doesn’t resolve the issue, then go to the next in command. If going through all the proper channels does nothing to resolve the situation, then it’s time to consider your next option.
You’ve gone through all the proper channels to remedy the violation of your employee rights, but you’ve received nothing in return. What can you do next? Well, you certainly can quickly ‘resolve’ the issue by turning in your resignation and finding employment elsewhere, but this does little to actually change the actions of the one in violation. This is unfair to those that may come behind you and may experience the same wrongful employment treatment. And it’s unfair to you as you must suffer the consequences of your employer’s wrongful actions. What’s best is to deal with this legally.
Call a Lawyer
It is against Pennsylvania employment laws to discriminate based on sex, religion, age, disability, national origin, or race. It’s also against PA employment laws to refuse to pay employees overtime pay or require employees to work without pay. Whichever violation of employee rights you are dealing with it might be time to contact the Law Offices of Thomas More Holland. Thomas More Holland has over 30 years of experience and expertise fighting for the rights of employees in Pennsylvania.
Let your voice be heard, contact TMH Law today!
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