Is it illegal to report discrimination at work?
Report it in writing so HR can’t deny you took legally protected action. Here are some examples: Discrimination because you’re different: Discrimination against you because the bully doesn’t like you isn’t illegal. But discrimination because of race, age, sex, religion, sexual orientation or national origin is illegal.
Can a person be fired for complaining about a hostile work environment?
Tweets as @EmployeeAtty. Many people contact me after having been fired for complaining about their hostile work environment. They write a long email to HR or their boss explaining, in excruciating detail, all the ways their boss or a colleague is harassing them at work. They are shocked when they are fired for complaining.
Is there a law against harassment at work?
They are shocked when they are fired for complaining. The sad truth is that there is no law against general harassment, bullying or hostile work environment, and thus no law protecting you against retaliation if you report it.
Is it illegal for an employer to retaliate against a woman?
Title VII also makes it illegal for an employer to retaliate against (punish) you for reporting or opposing gender discrimination, or participating in an investigation or legal action related to discrimination.
What to do if an employee complains about racial discrimination?
On the other hand, if the complaint is about racial discrimination, you must clearly communicate that you have to investigate and that certain people will have to know. The manager will have to be told that there is a discrimination complaint. If the manager is the one discriminating, they will have to notified as well via the proper methods.
Can a HR professional investigate a sexual harassment complaint?
In the recent flood of sexual harassment allegations involving high-profile individuals in various industries, HR professionals have been criticized for being unwilling or unable to investigate such complaints.
How to respond to employee complaints in human resources?
As a human resources professional, you may sometimes wonder how to respond to employee complaints, especially if you get one or two every day. Depending on the gravity of the situation, you may be able to address the complaint then and there, or you may find it necessary to get others involved.