Employees sometimes complain to their employers that they are "uncomfortable" or "feel harassed" or "are being bullied," when what they really mean is that they feel they are being discriminated against. If the employee then gets fired for making those complaints, he or she may have a retaliation claim against the former employer. However, being too vague in the initial complaint to your employer can come back to haunt you.
If you feel like you are being harassed or discriminated against because of your protected class status (age, race, religion, disability, pregnancy, gender, etc.), be specific about it in your complaint to your employer. Also, you should put all complaints about illegal discrimination and harassment in writing so that the employer is unable to later deny that you complained. Keep a copy at home in a safe place.
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