Obtaining evidence of unlawful treatment at work

Do you believe that you are being treated unlawfully at work? We will need to prove it, and therefore you need to obtain evidence. If your company allows you to bring documents home (electronically or hard copy) then you should obtain copies of documents that will aid you in showing the unlawful treatment, and keep them at home, so that you will have access to them, even if you are terminated or your access to your company computer is stopped. Do not bring home documents which have been designated as confidential by your employer, and do not attempt to obtain documents that you are not supposed to have.

Before removing or copying any documents, you should consult your employment manual or company policies about what documents are available to you and what documents may be removed from the premises of the business.

What are items you may wish to obtain?

  • Your employment manual
  • Your job description
  • Your Performance Evaluations
  • Any documents that show you did your job particularly well
  • Any write-ups or discipline
  • E-mails pertaining to your problem
  • Any notes you have taken regarding your problem, including the dates the events occurred, and specific conversations you have had with supervisors about the problem
  • Witness contact information (outside of work)
  • Pay stubs and time cards

If you contact a governmental agency about an issue, be sure to keep a copy of whatever information you have given the governmental agency, along with notes as to when it was given.

If your co-workers are willing to give you written statements about what they have observed, then by all means collect those, with signatures and a date.