Workplace discrimination is a challenging issue that affects individuals across various industries. Employees need to be aware of their rights and knowledgeable about effective strategies to document instances of discrimination.
Proper documentation helps employers address the issue. It also serves as evidence if the need arises.
1. Be thorough and specific
When documenting workplace discrimination, be thorough and specific in your record-keeping. Instead of vague statements, provide detailed information about the incident. Be sure to include the date, time and location. Describe the discriminatory behavior, specifying what occurred and who was present. Include relevant details such as offensive language used. Be sure, too, to note any discriminatory actions observed or any discriminatory policies enforced. The more specific and detailed your documentation, the stronger the case becomes.
2. Include supporting evidence
In addition to detailed descriptions, supporting evidence strengthens your documentation. If applicable, include emails, text messages or other communications related to the incident. Photographic or video evidence can be powerful, capturing the behavior in real time. Ensure that you collect and preserve this evidence in a secure manner. Including the names and statements of witnesses can further validate your claims.
3. Follow reporting procedures
Many workplaces have established procedures for reporting discrimination. Familiarize yourself with your company’s policies and procedures, and adhere to them. This may involve reporting the incident to a supervisor or the human resources department. Following proper reporting procedures demonstrates your commitment to resolving the issue.
CNBC notes that 91% of American workers face discrimination on the job. Calling attention to discrimination helps create a more comfortable work environment. It also lessens the chances of other workers experiencing the same treatment.