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Can workplace discrimination cause long-term damage?

On Behalf of | Aug 9, 2022 | Workplace Harassment

Experiencing discrimination at your workplace in California may leave you feeling anxious and threatened. Even if you successfully escape the mistreatment, its effects could last for a long time.

When you understand how discrimination may impact your life, you can determine what you need to do to mitigate the negative consequences. With the right support, you can prevent your bad experiences from harming the rest of your career.

Your self-confidence

One way that mistreatment at work can continue to impact you is its effect on your self-confidence. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, discrimination includes inappropriate questions, retaliation and unfair treatment. Experiencing any of these circumstances can disrupt your confidence and leave you feeling undervalued and underqualified.

Even after you address your concerns, you might still feel inadequate and self-conscious about how others view you. If you choose to leave your place of employment, your former experiences with mistreatment could inhibit your confidence when you go to look for another job.

Your ability to grow

Discrimination can also prevent you from growing and reaching your full potential. This could stall your career and have a detrimental impact on your long-term success. Even if you possess the qualifications to expand your career, abuse from the people you work with could conceal opportunities. In serious cases, false accusations could interfere with your reputation. If such information gets out to other professionals, defamation could prevent you from finding alternate employment.

Given the serious consequences of workplace discrimination, you deserve compensation when you suffer mistreatment. When you advocate for your rights, you might successfully prevent the long-term repercussions of your experiences from hampering your success.

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