Under the U.S. Constitution and Title VII of the U.S. Code, racial discrimination is banned 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. Race discrimination includes situations where an employer treats their employee differently from other employees who are of a different race or nationality.
To be successful in a racial discrimination claim, the Palmer employee must additionally show that their employee had the required intent to discriminate based upon the person's race. Intent may be shown by demonstrating that the employer gave preferential treatment to people of other races or nationalities.
How Can a Palmer Lawyer Help with My Claim?
Additionally, sometimes statements that were recorded and made by the employer regarding racial issues can be used to establish intent. Depending on where you file your claim, the procedural laws will vary considerably, and so a Palmer 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.