Promotions are only offered to white employees, even though employees of other races have the same training, experience, and work performance.
At work, your co-workers call you bad racial names. Your supervisor knows about it but does nothing.
You ask your employer if you can use an empty office for prayer during your breaks and they tell you no, but they let another employee use it for breaks. That could be religious discrimination.
Your supervisor asks you for a date or says personal or sexual things to you. You don’t want a personal relationship and don’t like the comments. The supervisor tells you that if you don’t cooperate you won’t get a raise.
Your employer won’t promote married women because they think the women will get pregnant and leave. Or won’t promote parents of young children because they think it will get in the way of work duties.
Your manager yells at you, and treats you badly because you don’t speak English very well.
Your employer demotes you when you are 56, after working at the job for 20 years because you are “too old to learn new things.”
If you are being discriminated against or harassed at work because of your race, sex, religion etc., you need to report it to the supervisor, Human Resources, or another supervisor you feel comfortable talking to as soon as possible. If you can, do this in writing. Keep a copy.
No. Employers can’t get back at you (retaliate) if you have made a good faith claim that you are a victim of illegal discrimination or harassment. If you are fired after reporting discrimination you may be able to sue.
Sometimes it is hard to say what is discrimination or harassment, and what is not. If you feel you may have been discriminated against or harassed, call one of the agencies below.
A legal claim for discrimination or harassment has to be filed within a certain period of time after it happened. Time periods depend on your case and the agency you file with. But the time periods are short. Call immediately or you may lose your chance to protect your rights.
For more information or to get help with your claim call these agencies:
Minnesota Department of Human Rights
625 Robert St. North
St. Paul, MN 55155
Phone: (651) 539-1100 or 1-(800) 657-3704
TTY: (612) 335-4045 http://mn.gov/mdhr/
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
330 South 2nd Ave., Suite 720
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone: (612) 335-4040
TTY: (651) 296-1283 www.eeoc.gov