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5 Ways to Handle an Employment Dispute

A Dispute in the workplace can be very stressful, especially if you’re uncertain how to handle it. It’s important to take steps to resolve these disputes in an appropriate manner, otherwise your company could face legal ramifications, as well as damage to your corporate culture and employee morale.

1) Determine If You Have a Case

If you are concerned about your employment and think that you might have a case, first ask yourself the following questions:

1) Do I believe I was treated differently because of my age, race, gender, religion, or disability?

2) Were wages or benefits unfairly withheld or denied?

3) Was I discriminated against by my employer in any way?

4) Did my employer violate any laws regarding working hours and/or overtime pay?

2) Gather Documentation

If they do not have the answer, they will be able to point you in the right direction.

The following are some of the types of documentation that may be helpful:

1 Copies of emails or text messages regarding work-related issues

2 Copies of disciplinary action letters

3 Copies of any complaints filed by coworkers or previous employees

3) Speak With an Attorney

In the event of a Dispute with your employer, it is best to speak with a lawyer who specializes in employment law. Your lawyer will be able to help you identify what type of protection you have, and how best to proceed.

5) Go to Court

It’s important that you don’t act impulsively when it comes to any legal issues, especially those involving employment. Doing so could make matters worse for yourself.

6) File a Charge With the EEOC

If you are a victim of unlawful employment discrimination, you may be able to resolve the problem by filing a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). You have only 180 calendar days from the date of the discriminatory act, or 300 calendar days if your state has its own fair employment practices agency.

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