Gender, age and other types of workplace discrimination are not allowed under Texas or federal law. However, just because discrimination is illegal doesn’t mean that you won’t be subject to mistreatment at work. Let’s take a look at the different lines of evidence that you can use to prove that you’ve been a victim of harassment by a colleague or supervisor.
Keep copies of electronic messages received from your abuser
If you receive inappropriate emails, texts ,or social media messages from a workplace bully, you should keep them in a secure location. For instance, you could save them on a computer at home, on a flash drive or on a private server that your employer wouldn’t be able to gain access to. It’s also a good idea to save any voicemail messages that might contain offensive language. An employment law attorney may be able to help you keep these messages secure throughout the legal process.
Your colleagues may be willing to vouch for you
Your colleague may be too smart to send threatening emails that might incriminate them. Instead, they might make snide remarks whenever he or she sees you in the cafeteria or company gym. While these may still be hurtful, insensitive or inappropriate for the workplace, it can be difficult to prove that another person said them. However, if a colleague witnessed an uncomfortable interaction with your co-worker, that person’s testimony may bolster your harassment claim.
Indirect evidence can help prove your claim
It may be possible to prove a claim of racial discrimination by pointing to a lack of diversity among the company’s management team. Furthermore, payroll records may show that workers received compensation based on their gender as opposed to their title, responsibilities and educational background.
Basing an employment decision on an employee’s gender, religion or other protected attributes is a violation of law. An attorney may help you obtain compensation for lost wages or other damages that may be available.