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Guidance for documenting workplace discrimination in California

On Behalf of | May 20, 2024 | Workplace Discrimination |

Workplace discrimination is psychologically distressing, and it can interfere with your job performance. In California, where the law strongly protects employees from unfair treatment, knowing how to document your experience is crucial. Proper documentation can help you call out and put a stop to unlawful discrimination.

Here are some tips to help you effectively document discriminatory incidents in your workplace.

Create detailed descriptions

Document every incident of discrimination with as much detail as possible. Note the date, time, location and the individuals involved. Describe the discriminatory behavior, including any offensive language or actions, in detail.

Maintain a chronological log

While writing down descriptions of your mistreatment can go far in proving your claim, you can make it even stronger. Create a log of events and arrange entries in chronological order. A thorough timeline helps to demonstrate a pattern of discrimination. 

Save and compile evidence

Gather all relevant evidence that can support your claim. Any document showing discriminatory conduct can help your case. Examples include emails, memos and performance evaluations. These documents can be either paper or digital. 

Record witness details

When documenting discrimination, include the names and other details about those who may have witnessed the behavior. Reliable (and willing) witnesses can corroborate your experience and add invaluable credibility to your account of the events.

Report discrimination appropriately

It may be uncomfortable, but report incidents of discrimination to the appropriate channels within your company (Human Resources, manager, etc.). 

If you feel afraid or in need of support, consider speaking with a legal representative familiar with California employment laws. They can ensure your protection before, during and after your workplace discrimination claim.

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