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How to Handle Unfair Treatment at Work

Unfair Treatment

Not everyone is best mates with their boss, and there is nothing wrong with that. If, however, you feel like you are being treated unfairly at your workplace, and your boss discriminates against you, it might be time to tackle the issue before it hinders your career progression chances.

It is important that you don’t jump to conclusions too early, and try to understand the standpoint of the other party before you start arguing your case. Below you’ll find a few tips on how to handle unfair treatment at work.

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Review the Internal Policies

Your first step should always be checking whether the behavior is against the company’s internal fair treatment policy.. In some cases, this policy will not be included in your employment terms and conditions, so it is important that you get in touch with your supervisor and ask for the copy.

“Being treated unfairly violates basic human needs for autonomy, belonging, and morality.
Organizational researchers like the University of Georgia’s Jason Colquitt call these types of offenses “distributive,” “procedural,” and “interpersonal” injustice, respectively. And they’ve been linked to lower levels of self-esteem, job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and performance.” –

If you are not given the written statement of the policies that exist, chances are that your employer is breaking the law, and you have a good chance of winning the argument.

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Ask for Answers in Writing

Whether you keep on being let down for a promotion and pay rise, or your vacation requests keep on getting declined, you should gather evidence and create a written statement. Send it to your supervisor or the HR department, and ask for an acknowledgment and a written answer. If you don’t get the answers within a certain period of time, you should move on to the next step.


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When you don’t get the answers you are looking for, and your relationship with your supervisor and the management is strained, you should ask for a mediation. In case you feel like you cannot work with the people who are treating you unfairly, you have to put your concerns in writing and ask for a mediation session with a work coach or human resource representative.

Involve Your Union Representative

In case you feel like driving up to the brick wall every time you are looking for answers, you should get in touch with a union representative who can negotiate the terms of employment and get the answers from the company that they refused to give you. Unions still have a lot of bargaining power, so you should take advantage of the services they offer.

When nothing else works, your only option left is seeking legal representation. Search for recommendations online and find specialist employment attorneys. You can ask for answers first, and if your employer is not willing to collaborate, you might be thinking about seeking a financial compensation for distress and damages. Talk openly with your legal representative and explore your options before you start the process.

Discrimination and unfair treatment at work are more common than you would think. Many employees would rather leave than pick a fight against a large organization. Before you make a decision to give up your career within the company, you should consider your options carefully and try to resolve the issues to everyone’s satisfaction.

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