Discrimination and Retaliation
I worked for my employer for more than 10 years. For the last 7 years all of my performance evaluations have been “Meets Expectations.” Six months ago I got a new manager. He is white and I am black. There are 6 other employees in my group; I am the only one who is black but I have the most experience. In fact I trained all of the other employees in my group and they all still come to me for help with projects. From the very beginning the new manger has been more critical of my work. Two months ago we had a big project due. I stayed late to finish the project. Two of my peers did not. The project was a big success and my manager gave both of my peers bonuses even though I finalized the project. The same thing happened last month. I did was the project lead working with 3 of my peers. The project was a success and my three peers got bonuses and letters from the manager. When I asked him why I did not get a bonus, he made some excuse that it was unrelated to the project, then he said “maybe we would get along better if you cut your hair and stopped looking so ghetto.” I could not believe he said that. I always dress professionally and my hair is always well maintained. I was so angry I went to HR and filed a discrimination complaint against my manager. Two days later he asked me to meet with him in his office. He told me he was putting me on a performance improvement plan and a last chance agreement. He said I could be fired the next time I got out of line. He also told me I would have a short career if I did not “get my priorities straight.” I was going to go back to HR, but I did not want to lose my job.
“Civil rights” are the rights of individuals to receive equal treatment (and to be free from unfair treatment or “discrimination”) in a number of settings — including education, employment, housing, and more.
This means that your employer cannot treat you differently because of your race, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age (over 40), and other classifications.
It also means that you have the right to complain to your employer if you think you are being treated differently. If your employer treats you differently or retaliates against you because you complain that you are being treated differently your employer might be breaking the law.
Bonner & Bonner represent people who have been discriminated against, retaliated against, or subjected to harassment or a hostile work environment. If you think your employer is discriminating against you give Bonner & Bonner a call and we can help you recover what you are entitled to quickly and easily.