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If you have complained to your union, to no effect, the next step is to file a complaint with the EEOC in your state. That entity investigates discrimination claims, but it also investigates retaliation claims. Part of the law against discrimination protects one from retaliation for complaining about it, and it is this area of law that the EEOC tends to be more adamant about enforcing (even when the underlying complaint of discrimination turns out to be unfounded).
The EEOC can investigate, work the situation through mediation and grant you the right to sue. It is the only method to actually preserve that right to sue.
At this point, it is the only step you have remaining beyond accepting the treatment.
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