Can I take action for being discriminated against at work?

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Can I take action for being discriminated against at work?

I have been disrespected at work show racial pictures in the intent to be used as a joke. There have been racial comments made to me be my supervisor.

Asked on October 22, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Georgia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

First, speak to whomever would be relevant to report discrimination at your company: the HR department; a senior manager; the owner, if this is a small business; etc. The law requires that your report the discrimination or harassment to someone with authority to do something about it; the business must be given a chance to investigate and act.
If they refuse or fail to act to stop the harassment or discrimination, you then contact the federal EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) to file a workplace discrimination complaint. 
The behavior you describe does appear to be harassment, so the issue is just that you have to alert the business first before filing your complaint.


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