What Happens If I Report Discrimination?

Over the past year, many companies have enacted layoffs and other measures to react to the current changes in business. Some employers have gone so far as to take advantage of these changes, and the tenuous nature of many job roles, requiring more from their employees and stretching the limits of acceptable behavior. No one wants to lose their job, but the competitive market makes the prospect of looking for a new role even more formidable. When an employer behaves in a discriminatory way or enacts discriminatory policies, workers may fear the repercussions of calling out these actions.

Understanding how retaliation occurs

If you choose to speak up about discrimination occurring in the workplace, an employer can respond to that in many ways that could be considered retaliation. These responses may include such negative outcomes as firing, hourly reductions, wage reductions, relocation and threatening behavior. The Wisconsin Fair Employment Law, in addition to the federal protections against discrimination, prohibit these kinds of discrimination in all aspects of the working environment, including:

  • Hiring and recruitment 
  • Pay/Wages
  • Promotions
  • Training 
  • Firing and layoffs

Navigating an unfair working environment

A hostile workplace can be one of the most stressful and challenging spaces to navigate. The realization that you’re being mistreated can quickly make a workplace untenable. More than that, you may fear for your ability to earn an income and support your family with the potential career damage that can come from an unscrupulous employer’s actions.

Don’t let an employer intimidate or silence you. If you’re concerned about your employer’s reaction to a report of discrimination, you need advocates who can guide you through this challenging process. You have advocates ready to support you in pursuing your rights while at work.

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