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Workplace discrimination: Collect evidence to protect yourself

If you believe you're the victim of workplace discrimination, it's important to collect as much evidence as possible. While this isn't always easy, doing so will put you in a better position to take action against your former employer in the future.

Here are some of the many types of evidence to collect as you begin to formulate your strategy:

  • Personnel file: You have the right to a copy of your personnel file, so request this as soon as possible. If your employer doesn't comply, your legal team can reach out to obtain what they need.
  • Written log: It's critical to make note of every instance of workplace discrimination, including the date, time, action and who was involved. Keep this in a safe place.
  • Physical evidence: This isn't always available, but physical evidence can help your claim. This can include things such as discriminatory emails and text messages from your supervisor.
  • Witness information: Depending on the circumstances, there may be people who witnessed the alleged incidences of discrimination. Make note of what they saw, their name and contact information.

Even if a piece of information appears inconsequential, keep it in a safe place for the time being. You never know when something will work in your favor.

If you're unable to work things out with your former employer, turn your attention to the steps you can personally take to protect your legal rights.

With the right evidence, it's easier to prove that you were a victim of workplace discrimination. Subsequently, you're putting yourself in a position to receive compensation for damages.

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