When serious issues arise in the workplace that result in the unfair treatment of an employee or multiple employees, action may need to be taken to address that mistreatment. Initial steps often involve discussing the problems internally with the human resources department or other upper-level authorities, but if that step does not lead to issues being rectified, other action may be needed. In serious cases, employment litigation may occur.
New York residents may be interested in a lawsuit that was recently filed by an employee in another state. According to reports, the African-American woman filed the suit claiming that her work environment was hostile and that she was mistreated due to her race. In relation to the racial discrimination, the woman stated that she was prevented from receiving promotions because supervisors would give her a negative performance review before she was able to apply for those promotions.
She also stated that she received negative performance reviews and was denied position transfers after filing claims with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. It was noted that she filed reports with the EEOC four times between 2009 and 2018. Due to complaints from co-workers, which the woman believed were unfounded, she was eventually suspended and told that she would have to resign or move to a different role in the company, a role which she stated would limit her earning capacity. She hopes that the lawsuit will address the discrimination and retaliation she faced in the workplace.
It can be difficult to find the motivation to go to work and continue to give one's all when the environment is hostile. As this case shows, New York employees may have reason to move forward with employment litigation if they are treated unfairly on the job due to discriminatory or retaliatory actions. Because litigation can be complicated, it may be wise for concerned parties to gain information to better understand this possible option.