When an individual feels that he or she has been discriminated against on the job, the person should have the ability to report such a situation without retaliation. If retaliation does occur, the situation could be considered to be indicative of further workplace discrimination. As a result, an employee may wish to consider taking legal action in attempts to right the situation.
A city clerk in Florida has recently filed a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for what she believes is discrimination and retaliation. It was reported that the woman's termination is up for discussion with the city council. She believes that the councilman who brought up the issue is retaliating for the clerk filing a previous discrimination claim against the councilman.
The report stated that the councilman discriminates against women and single mothers. The councilman named in the complaint stated that the clerk's possible termination is not a retaliatory measure. He claims that he noticed the clerk coming into work late and not taking care of certain documents. It is unclear what damages, if any, are being sought in the claim against the councilman.
Workplace discrimination can create a hostile environment for many individuals. As this situation indicates, taking action in an attempt to halt discriminatory and retaliatory activities may be necessary. As the situation proceeds, the Florida clerk may want to find out more about her situation and what information may be helpful toward presenting her side of the case. Individuals who feel as if they have been discriminated against on the job may also wish to find out more.
Source: miamiherald.com, "Doral city clerk files a discrimination charge against councilman trying to get her fired", Monique O. Madan, Dec. 4, 2014