As everybody knows, employees enjoy certain federal, state, and local rights with regard to freedom from discrimination. Unfortunately accidents, harassment, and discriminatory behaviors still occur in the workplace.
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), nearly 100,000 discrimination charges were filed in the U.S. in each of fiscal years 2010 and 2011, involving all protected classes, including age, disability, race, sex, religion, color, and national origin.
You can use mobile technologies to document potential discrimination of these sorts if you suspect that such prohibited behavior may be taking place in your workplace. Here’s how.
Written correspondences between you and an employer can be extremely useful during an investigation of alleged discriminatory practices. These are valuable documents because they provide time stamps and firmly document communications between you and the employer.
Depending on the situation, it’s important for you to save emails that discuss hiring, pay, contract negotiations, and any other activities that might be pertinent to your case.
If you don’t have access to electronic copies of your employment information, then you should investigate document scanning apps that utilize your smartphone’s camera. These include apps such as Genius Scan, Turbo Scan, or Scanner Pro.
These apps were created to take photos of paper documentation. They can adjust the alignment and image contrast to give you a clear copy of the document.
Most of these apps allow you to save documents in PDF format, so they become easy to store, view, and email.
There are a number of details the EEOC will wish to examine before you file a discrimination charge. Some important elements to note include type of employer (federal, non-government, or state), the protected class involved, how many employees in the organization, the state the incident(s) occurred in, and the date(s) the incident(s) occurred.
These details help the EEOC determine whether it may be the best avenue to address your concerns. Keeping these notes on your smartphone can give you an easy-to-view resource when you are speaking with your legal representative or the local EEOC office regarding a charge.
Cloud-based note-taking services such as Evernote or Day One enable you to sync notes across multiple devices, so you can pick up where you left off from any computer, tablet, or smartphone.
Enduring discriminatory treatment during the hiring, employment, or termination process can be an extremely frustrating experience. Hiring an employee claims litigation attorney will help you get solid legal guidance regarding a potential discrimination claim.
Use your technology to document your experiences.