Under the U.S. Constitution and Title VII of the U.S. Code, racial discrimination is prohibited in Illinois. According to these laws, employers may not take race into account when hiring, recruiting, deciding pay or offering promotions.
What Must Be Proven in a Discrimination Claim?
Federal investigations of workplace discrimination are done by the agency called the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Employees who are victims of discrimination are required to file their claim with the EEOC before filing suit in a court of law. To prove racial discrimination, an employer must treat an employee adversely than co-workers who are of a different race or nationality.
To succeed on a claim of racial discrimination, the Romeoville plaintiff must further show that his employer acted with an intent to discriminate based on race or nationality. The employer's intent can often be shown by showing that other people of different races were treated preferentially.
How Can a Romeoville Lawyer Help with My Claim?
Furthermore, sometimes statements that were recorded and made by the employer regarding racial issues can be used to show intent. Depending on where you file your claim, the procedural laws will vary considerably, and so a Romeoville lawyer will help familiarize you with the requirements for your district. An Illinois lawyer may also assist you with filing a claim with the EEOC as well as guide you to other possible remedies while the case is pending.