How to Write a Formal Complaint Against a Co-Worker in Indiana

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On occasion, conflict in the workplace may be unavoidable. It is best to try to resolve this conflict amicably, but sometimes this cannot be done.

In Indiana, you can file a formal complaint against a co-worker by putting your complaint in writing and submitting it to your employer or the human resources department of your company. Indiana law prohibits anyone in the workplace from discriminating against another employee based on race, religion, ethnicity, sex, disability, colour and age. Should your complaint regard discrimination or harassment aimed at you by a co-worker, you need to file a written complaint with the appropriate state agency.

Obtain as much evidence of discrimination, harassment or anything else for which you are complaining about a co-worker. For example, if a co-worker sent an e-mail that was discriminatory toward you, make a record by printing it out. If a co-worker is continuously late, and this requires you to do more work than necessary, document it. Evidence is imperative in strengthening your complaint against a co-worker.

Write down your complaint. Write a formal letter stating your name, the name of the company you work for and the name of the person about whom you are complaining. Provide as much detail as you can in the complaint you are filing. Include dates, times, locations and examples of the inappropriate behaviour of the co-worker in your letter.

Sign and date your formal letter of complaint, make a copy for your own records and provide your boss and/or the human resources department of your company with a copy of the letter. Include your contact information should your company want to speak with you further.

Send your formal letter of complaint to the State of Indiana Civil Rights Commission or the Indiana Equal Employment Opportunity Commission if the complaint you are filing against your co-worker is about discrimination or sexual harassment.

State of Indiana Civil Rights Commission

Indiana Government Center North

100 N. Senate Ave., Room 103

Indianapolis, IN 46204-2211

Indiana Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

101 W. Ohio St., Suite 1900

Indianapolis, IN 46204-4203