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3 steps to take if you experience promotion discrimination

As an employee, you want to succeed. If you have an exemplary track record, you may think you deserve a promotion to a higher position. You may even apply for a higher-paying position at your company.

However, you may find out someone else gets the position you feel that you deserve. If another employee gets the position, you may feel like you are the victim of discrimination. Here is what to do if you believe your employer is committing promotion discrimination. 

1. Understand that promotion discrimination is illegal

There are laws that protect workers from discrimination at the federal and state levels. Your employer may not promote or refuse to promote workers based on race, national origin, sex, age, disability or religion. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, employers may not make promotion decisions because of assumptions or stereotypes based on these protected classes.

2. Determine if you have the basis for a claim

 In order to file a claim, you must be a member of a protected class. Additionally, you must also have the qualifications for the promotions in question. For example, you must generally apply for the position to have a viable complaint. Another example of promotion discrimination is if your employer makes certain people aware of an advancement opportunity while leaving others out. 

3. Document any potential evidence

If you wish to file a claim of discrimination, make sure you prepare proof that may help your argument. For example, keep a journal of any incidents that may be discriminatory. Request a copy of your personnel file and any commendations. In the meantime, make sure you keep doing your job responsibly. 

Once you complete these three steps, it is time to consider filing a complaint with the EEOC or pursuing a lawsuit.


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