How can i report workplace discrimination?


Workplace discrimination, harassment, and retaliation are not just workplace issues; they are violations of your rights as an employee. No one should have to endure such treatment at work, and there are legal protections in place to ensure that you can report and address these violations without fear of reprisal. This subpage provides guidance on how to report workplace discrimination, harassment, or retaliation effectively.

Recognizing Unlawful Behavior:

Before reporting, it's essential to recognize what constitutes unlawful behavior in the workplace:

Discrimination: Workplace discrimination occurs when an employer treats an employee unfairly based on factors such as race, gender, age, religion, disability, or national origin.

Harassment: Workplace harassment includes any unwelcome conduct or communication based on protected characteristics, creating a hostile work environment. This can encompass sexual harassment, racial harassment, and more.

Retaliation: Retaliation occurs when an employer takes adverse actions against an employee for engaging in legally protected activities, such as reporting workplace violations, filing complaints, or participating in investigations.

Steps to Report Workplace Violations:

Document the Incident: As soon as you experience discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, begin documenting the details. This includes dates, times, locations, individuals involved, and any witnesses.

Report to Your Supervisor or HR: Most companies have policies in place for reporting workplace violations. Follow your company's protocol by reporting the incident to your supervisor, HR department, or a designated reporting entity.

Keep Records: Maintain copies of all communications related to your report, including emails, notes from meetings, and written responses from your employer.

Consult an Attorney: If your concerns are not addressed or if you face retaliation for reporting, consult with an experienced employment law attorney. They can provide guidance on the next steps.

File a Complaint with Government Agencies: Depending on the nature of the violation, you may need to file a complaint with a government agency such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the appropriate state labor department.

Legal Action: If the violation persists or escalates, your attorney can help you explore legal options, including filing a lawsuit.

Consult with an Employment Law Attorney:

Navigating workplace violations can be challenging, and it's essential to have legal guidance throughout the process. Consult with an employment law attorney to protect your rights and interests.


Reporting workplace discrimination, harassment, or retaliation is a courageous step toward ensuring a safe and fair work environment. Remember that you have the right to stand up against unlawful practices, and our experienced employment law attorneys at Vargas Guerra, LLP are here to provide you with the guidance and support you need during this challenging process.