Life is not easy. Life is not fair. No matter what laws and legislation are in place – there will always be some bad apples out there. This means discrimination will always occur in some way, shape, or form. Sadly, there is no way around it. The only things you can do if you’re facing race discrimination are stay strong and contact a race discrimination lawyer. Before you do so, you need to avoid a few big mistakes.
Here’s what not to do when facing racial discrimination in the workplace:
1) Keep a record
You should keep a record of your co-workers or supervisors racially discriminating against you in a journal with dates and times. In some states like Missouri and Kansas, you are allowed to secretly record conversations with co-workers to protect yourself.
2) Don’t be insubordinate
If you’re planning to hire a race discrimination lawyer, you better have a clean record at your job. Don’t think you’ll win a case in court if you’re in trouble at work. You cannot give your employer a real reason to mistreat or fire you.
3) Don’t use company equipment for personal records
Stop handling any personal matters on your employer’s computer. That computer is the company’s equipment. The company can access any data on the device it wants – at any time! If you want to keep your personal electronic records confidential, you need to keep them on your devices only.
4) Don’t comment on social media
Your employer can use anything you said negatively about the company, job, or an individual working for the company on social media against you. Stop posting anything negative on these sites.
5) Don’t expect “the law” to prevent anything
Employment law was only created to offer damages to employees who suffered due to an employer’s wrongdoing. Employment law is not proactive and cannot prevent any form of discrimination from occurring.
6) Don’t expect your case to get resolved quickly
Due to the nature of employment law, your wrongful termination lawyer will often tell you that your case will take a while to resolve. While it’s common your case will be settled out of court (if you have a strong case), you must be prepared to be up in front of the jury.
7) Don’t get too upset
Lastly, you need to take a step back from your case and relax. Don’t get too upset. A good wrongful termination lawyer will help you to roll with the punches and understand the nuances of employment law. You just have to be realistic about your case.