Workplace discrimination can be prevalent and takes many different forms. Unfortunately, unless victims of discrimination report the behavior, it usually does not stop. That is why it is critical to speak up if you are a victim of workplace discrimination.
Oftentimes employees choose to remain silent because they fear negative consequences as a result of reporting discrimination. This could take the form of employer retaliation, such as threats of termination or actual termination, or further harassment. However, there are many valid reasons why reporting workplace discrimination is the right choice. Here are three of them.
1. Protect your rights
You cannot rely on others in your workplace to report discriminatory behavior. If you feel your employer has discriminated against you, then it is up to you to speak up. As an employee, you do have rights that protect you on the job, but the only way to exercise these rights is by taking action. You should not let fear of retaliation stop you.
2. Prevent others from experiencing discrimination
Conversely, if you speak up, you are doing something beneficial not only for yourself, but likely for many others who may avoid future discrimination as a result of your reporting. The forms of discrimination in the workplace are vast and varied, including discrimination based on race, age, gender and disability. Since this behavior can affect so many people at any workplace, your courage in speaking up can benefit many beyond just yourself, and serve as a concrete act of social justice.
3. Receive compensation for financial loss
If the discrimination caused you financial loss, you may be able to receive compensation through the courts. The only way to pursue a case, however, is to make the discrimination known through the proper channels. Speaking to the company’s HR department and filing a complaint through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are two steps you may need to take before you file a lawsuit.