If there is one thing that can put a damper on your life, it’s having an office dispute. You spend hours a day with the people you work with, and if something isn’t going right, then your day could be miserable.
If you’re dealing with a dispute at work, you want to make sure that you’re taking steps to protect yourself, too. Whether you’re reporting issues to human resources, having trouble with a new employee or dealing with a boss who just won’t listen, there are some steps you should take to protect your career.
Be proactive about your own protection
It’s no secret that politics play a role in the workplace. You need to be keyed into what’s happening and who has your back, so you don’t fall victim to bullying. It is also helpful to understand who you can rely on to support you when you have a problem and who may eventually be willing to back you up if a workplace dispute turns serious and legal action becomes necessary.
Steps to take when facing discrimination or harassment at work
When conflict arises with your manager, boss or another employee and you are the target of discrimination or harassment, take the following steps:
- Make your employer aware that you feel harassed, bullied or discriminated against, either by making a complaint to your HR department, supervisor or another avenue
- Ask that a written report be taken every time you make a complaint
- Keep a record of any incidents of bullying, harassment or discrimination, including witnesses present
- Keep any evidence you may have of your experiences, like photos, emails, texts or other documentation
- Keep all your employment records, including previous performance evaluations
When the discrimination or harassment persists or complaints to your employer go unresolved, an employment law attorney can help you take legal action. Your attorney can also assist if you feel you have been retaliated against for making a complaint.