Under the U.S. Constitution and Title VII of the U.S. Code, racial discrimination is prohibited in Massachusetts. These laws prohibit employers from taking race into account in procedures for hiring, deciding wage levels, or promotions and benefits.
What Must Be Proven in a Discrimination Claim?
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the federal agency in charge of investigating workplace discrimination, and employees discriminated against must file a claim with the EEOC before taking the issue to court. To prove racial discrimination, an employer must treat an employee adversely than co-workers who are of a different race or nationality.
To be able to prove a claim of racial discrimination, the Charlton plaintiff further needs to prove that the employer had an intent to discriminate, and that the discriminatory action was based on race. The employer's intent can often be shown by showing that other people of different races were treated preferentially.
How Can a Charlton Lawyer Help with My Claim?
Recorded statements about racial issues that were made by the employer can also be used in some cases to prove intent. Depending on where you file your claim, the procedural laws will vary considerably, and so a Charlton lawyer will help familiarize you with the requirements for your district. A Massachusetts 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.