Am I alone in being discriminated against in the workplace?

Unfortunately, workplace discrimination is common across Louisiana and the United States. Every day, hard-working individuals are subjected to unfair, uncomfortable, and often frightening encounters. The damage caused by these incidences can be severe, including financial and emotional losses. Yet, if you are subjected to employee discrimination, it might be easy to feel as if you are dealing with the matter by yourself.

The truth is, you are not alone. In fact, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Louisiana had nearly 1,800 discrimination claims filed in 2014 alone. This is a number that is down over previous years, but serves to highlight just how rampant workplace discrimination and harassment is. Of those charges, race discrimination was the largest, making up 47.1 percent of all claims. Sex and disability discrimination also had significant numbers, each constituting more than 20 percent of all charges.

Though others may be going through a similar situation to you, it may not provide you much comfort. However, you don't have to confront discriminators alone. Instead, you can seek help from an attorney experienced in employment law. These skilled individuals know how to protect your rights and ensure that you work in an environment that is safe and comfortable in accordance with the law.

Additionally, by taking the bold step to pursue legal action, you place yourself in a position to potentially recover compensation. Money spent looking for a new job and lost wages may be recoverable. Additionally, you might send a strong message that discriminatory employment practices are wholly unacceptable, perhaps paving the way for future Louisiana employees to go to work without fear of hostility, harassment, and discrimination.

Source: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, "FY 2009-2014 EEOC Charge Receipts for Louisiana," accessed on May 15, 2015

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