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How do I bring a complaint against my employer?

Defending your rights as an employee is often more complicated than we expect. When your employer violates your employee rights, it can be hard to know what to do to hold them accountable. When it comes to taking action against your employer, the process for doing so will call for some common steps to take.

The steps you should take

No matter what kind of violation of your rights you experienced, evidence will be key in your claim. If there is any kind of physical evidence of the discrimination or other act, such as an email or photographic evidence, make sure to collect a copy for yourself.

Next, report the incident to your company’s HR department. To leave a paper trail for more evidence, try to report this information via email, as HR may try to meet with you in person to prevent this. If you absolutely cannot avoid meeting in person, send an email to HR after the meeting to summarize what you discussed as a form of evidence of the meeting.

Next, report the incident to the proper government channels. You can find your local U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission office here. Reporting the incident to the government can see to it that the company will face any necessary repercussions for their actions.

Lastly, reach out to an employment law attorney. A skilled lawyer can help you defend your rights by avoiding mistakes that could jeopardize your claim, following the necessary process of filing an employment law claim, and negotiating for an outcome that you deserve.

You can get the help you need

It can be hard to know what you need to do to bring a complaint against your employer. If you are not sure where to start or if you should, talk to an employment law attorney right away. They can review your unique situation and determine what steps you should take to seek justice after the violation of your employee rights.