All around the United States, there are people who feel as though they are being treated differently than their co-workers due to their age, race, sex, religion or even their disability. When an employee feels as though they have been discriminated against by their employer, there are a number of ways they can handle it. While some choose to suffer in silence and say nothing, others may feel as though they have no choice but to file a claim.
Should an employee move forward with filing a claim, it will start a process that could potentially last for a long time. Their employer will be notified of this claim and an investigation will follow. At this point, the EEOC will work to determine if there is cause to support this claim. Depending on their findings, the employee who filed the claim and their employer will be advised to try to resolve the dispute, agree on a settlement or face each other in court.
Guilty or not, when a claim is filed, it should be taken seriously by all parties involved. Ideally, when an employee files a discrimination claim, the employer will want to work with this person to reconcile and avoid a lawsuit. At the end of the day, nothing may come of the suit, but it can still leave outsiders and other employees questioning the validity of the claim and whether or not the company is guilty.
Not all employers who are accused of discrimination are guilty. In fact, some employees may know this, but for some reason choose to file a claim and stir up trouble in the workplace. Fortunately, if an employer is not guilty, with the help of a skilled attorney, this can be proven.