Racial discrimination is prohibited in Alaska under the U.S. constitution and Title VII of the U.S. Code. Employers may not take race into account according to these laws when hiring or recruiting workers, or when determining wages and promotion offers.
What Must Be Proven in a Discrimination Claim?
Before taking their discrimination claim to court, an employee must file their claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC is the federal agency which has authority to investigate any claims of discrimination in the workplace. Race or nationality discrimination involves an employer treating you differently than those you work with that are of other races or nationalities.
The Anchorage plaintiff must further be able to prove that the employer acted with intent to discriminate based on race in order to succeed in a racial discrimination claim. The employer's intent can often be proven by showing that other people of different races were treated preferentially.
How Can an Anchorage Lawyer Help with My Claim?
Additionally, in some circumstances, recorded employer statements regarding racial issues can be used to show their intent to discriminate. Laws governing the procedures in discrimination will vary greatly depending on where the claim is filed, and Anchorage attorneys will be able to help you with the requirements for your particular region. A good Alaska attorney will also be able to help you should you decide to file with the EEOC, and they can guide you towards other potential remedies while your case is pending.