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Race Discrimination in the Workplace
Race discrimination in the workplace is a violation of federal and state laws. Examples of workplace race discrimination occur when employers do not hire or promote, single a person out for discipline, or withhold benefits and offer reduced pay because of a race
Proving race discrimination is difficult when employers have reasons for their decisions even though their underlying motive was racial discrimination. Nevertheless, if a pattern of racial discrimination can be shown, racial discrimination in the workplace can be proved.
Should I Hire a Workplace Racial Discrimination Attorney?
If you believe you are a victim of racial discrimination at work or applying for work, it is in your best interest to hire an attorney who knows workplace racial discrimination law and has handled cases in this area of law with good results.
What Can a Workplace Racial Discrimination Attorney Do?
Your attorney during an initial consultation will determine if the circumstances of your situation constitute racial discrimination under the law and, if so, will assess the strength of your case and the amount of monetary damages that could be awarded to you.
Many attorneys will take these cases on contingency, meaning without charging an upfront fee.The attorney will be paid a portion of the damages awarded to you. If you lose, your attorney will not be paid.
As noted, this violation of law can be difficult to prove but not impossible. Your attorney under what is known in legal procedure as “discovery,” can:
- Interview under oath your employer, hiring manager, supervisor, co-workers and others to collect information and evidence.
- Study the hiring practices and other employment records of your employer looking for a pattern of racial discrimination. A pattern of racial discrimination can be strong circumstantial evidence.
- Use your employment records to show that your performance and qualifications were not justifiable reasons for your employer’s decision that led to your belief of racial discrimination.
With the evidentiary phase of your attorney’s investigation complete, your attorney will handle all the pretrial motions and procedures. With your permission, your attorney will attempt to negotiate a settlement to spare the expense of a trial.
If a settlement cannot be reached, your attorney at trial will aggressively cross examine the opposition’s witnesses and present witnesses and evidence on your behalf.