This week, we’re diving into listener questions on a variety of topics!
I received a question a few weeks ago on Instagram from a listener who was recently let go from her job and was concerned that it might have been discriminatory. And while this is terrible situation that I don’t wish upon anyone, I want to speak to it publicly in case you ever find yourself in this kind of situation.
I’m also going to operate on the assumption that navigating this issue within the scope of healthy relationships, like seeking guidance from another manager, officer, or human resources director within your organization that you trust, is no longer an option. Though this is always the preferred method of communication, some things do, unfortunately escalate beyond an organization or workplace.
If you suspect that you might have been illegally terminated or that your rights were violated in your place of work, I would strongly suggest taking a deep breath, and then taking your concerns to someone who deals with this professionally. While I truly believe that some things aren’t worth the cost of our time to zero in on, often discrimination can be a pattern and standing up for yourself when there’s truly legal ground to do so can possibly help prevent that pattern from negatively impacting the lives of others.
One of the resources that I’m more familiar with is professional unions. Often, union representatives will have insight to your particular industry and might already know of other instances of discrimination tied to yours. They can also help guide you to resources, often whether you’re a union member or not. I’m aware that people have mixed feelings about unions, but I just want to throw it out there as a resource to consider.
If you are considering seeking legal action, you should know that you shouldn’t have to pay for a law office to hear your account and determine if they think you have a viable case. A good lawyer will tell you in a consultation if they think you have a case or not. From there, you can proceed with the law, or choose to let it go. But know that any fees and services, including a retainer, should be outlined in writing before moving forward.
I’m sorry this is going on for you, dear listener, and I hope that you’re able to find peace in either resolution or simply letting go.
Speaking of legal, this is a reminder that this podcast is technically for entertainment purposes, and that I’m not a certified professional advice giver, just a friend who’s been through a thing or two. Tomorrow we’ll hear a question about what order to clean your house in.
See you then!
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