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What can you do about workplace discrimination?

If you find yourself a victim of workplace discrimination in Minnesota, there are several key steps you need to take. Above all else, remember this: You are a victim. You should never feel poorly about taking action to protect yourself.

The first thing you should do is make your employer aware of what is going on. For example, you could report your supervisor to the HR department if this person is discriminating against you in any way.

Secondly, be clear with your employer that you are serious about addressing the issue. They need to know that you are taking notes in regards to the discrimination and will be looking into all your options for a resolution.

It makes good sense to keep a diary of events, as this can come in handy in the future if you find yourself filing a lawsuit or needing to provide your employer with more in depth information.

Along with learning more about your company's anti-discrimination policy, review both state and federal laws. These include but are not limited to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act.

If you become a victim of workplace discrimination, it can turn your life upside down. In some cases, you may feel so bad about your situation that you avoid work altogether.

Although this is a bad spot to be in, remember this: There is always help to be had. You can take a variety of steps, such as filing a lawsuit, to help put your discrimination in the past.

Source: FindLaw, "Dealing with Discrimination: Tips for Employees," accessed Oct. 03, 2016

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