How can I bring up a discrimination charge against my supervisor?

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How can I bring up a discrimination charge against my supervisor?

I work in a machine shop where I make thermocouples. My foreman constantly messes with me and it feels like I’m singled out. If I get sick at work, I have to jump through hoops to go home. However, my co-workers have no obstacles when needing to leave for any reason. While my co-workers also get called their name or nickname they wish to use. yet, I get called my actual name and am the only person who gets this treatment as well. I’m the only one who has to bring in a doctor’s note, plus any other proof for my absenses. It even comes down to him making a food run in the mornings. He goes to out and grabs coffee and sandwiches for everyone but me.

Asked on November 10, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

The fact is that not all employees need be treated the same. Some workers can be treated less favorably than others. This is true unless such treatment constitutes some form of legally actionable discrimination. That is it is based on a worker's race, religion, age (over 40), disability or the like; in that case it would be illegal. Also, such action must not violate the terms of any exisiting employment contract or union agreement. Bottom line, while your foreman's actions/words or unprofessional, they are unfortunately permissable under the law.


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