Often times, employees are being harassed or discriminated against in the work place and wonder what their options are. Many times, employees are afraid to report this conduct to their employer for fear of retaliation or being known as a “complainer”. The Patberg Law Firm suggest that the failure to report or proceed to the Human Resources Department to make a report is the wrong approach. Instead, the Patberg Law Firm suggests that an employee make such a report especially in situations where potential termination is imminent or anticipated.
Employees have the right to be protected from discrimination and harassment. Many times, unethical employers or supervisors may falsely place an employee on a Performance Improvement Plan or other probationary measures in an attempt to “document” purported unsatisfactory performance, when the true motivation is discriminatory. The entire purpose is to create a “paper trail” in anticipation of future allegations or litigation. Many employees choose to accept this discipline for fear of losing their position or employment.
Pennsylvania and Federal Law prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who make claims of discrimination or harassment. Employers are prohibited from retaliating against employees who make a formal claim of discrimination especially if those claims are made before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) or the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (“PHRC”). These are the agencies that initially handle claims of employment discrimination or harassment. Prior to filing any lawsuit, these claims must be first filed with these administrative agencies.
If you believe that your rights as an employee have been violated, you must seek protection by reporting this conduct to your employer and/or the Human Relations Department. If you have been subject to harassment or discrimination, contact the Patberg Law Firm and Rolf Louis Patberg at firstname.lastname@example.org via email or by telephone at 412-232-3500. Protect yourself by reporting this conduct to your employer.