When you're at work, you're there to make a living to provide for you and your family. Facing discrimination or harassment shouldn't ever have to be part of your work environment. It compromises your peace of mind, can shake up your confidence and threatens your ability to perform efficiently.

It’s natural to feel hesitant about speaking out against inappropriate workplace conduct, but no matter what your fears may be, you don't have to tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind for any reason at any time. There are federal laws in place to protect you from discrimination based on your race, gender, and other characteristics. These laws also protect you from sexual discrimination (harassment) in terms of unwanted advances or comments.

If you're enduring discrimination or harassment at your place of employment, the attorneys at Starzyk & Associates, P.C. can help you. We have the ability to cultivate the right type of strategy to handle your concerns in a manner that seeks full and fair justice for your situation. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation and to discover how we can be of service to you.

Tips for Employers

Your employees have the legal right to report discrimination and harassment. In these situations, it's not your job to judge, shift blame, or make light of the situation. It's your job to listen and investigate. While dealing with discrimination and harassment complaints can be difficult, doing so properly can help keep you and your business on the right side of the law. Take a look at the tips below as a guideline on handling these types of complaints.

Listen seriously

Even in the most harmonious workplaces, discrimination and harassment can occur. When you receive a complaint, realize how much courage it took for the accuser to come forward, and listen intently to the complaint. That said, sometimes people can have a reputation for continuously making complaints or creating issues. Avoid drawing your own conclusions based on assumption without proper investigation as this could potentially hurt you in the future. Cover yourself by taking each and every complaint seriously. Doing so will keep you out of trouble with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Be careful of your next steps

If you cut hours or pay, fire, demote, or reassign your employee after making a complaint, it can be viewed as retaliation and could land you in hot water.

Conduct a full investigation

After the complaint is made, you need to investigate the situation and you need to move in a timely fashion. Discover what happened, where it happened, what was said or done, and what witnesses were involved. If a third party investigator needs to take on the investigation, don't hesitate to hire one. Be sure to document what was found and keep the information between yourself and the people involved.

Take the appropriate disciplinary actions

If based upon your investigation the complaint is valid, be sure to discipline the wrongdoer. Be mindful of what type of action is appropriate. For example, will a warning or suspension suffice or does the law need to get involved? On the flipside, if the employee who made the complaint is in the wrong, he or she should also be appropriately disciplined.

Texas Harassment & Discrimination Attorneys

You don't have to suffer through unwanted sexual advances or inappropriate comments about your race, age, gender or other characteristics at your place of employment. Our attorneys at Starzyk & Associates, P.C. can help you find justice for discrimination and harassment at the workplace. We know how to fight for what's fair on your behalf and we're ready to help you today.