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, determining 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 matter to court. Racial discrimination claims involve situations where an employers treat workers differently than other workers who are of a different race.
The Somerset plaintiff must additionally 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 a Somerset 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. Procedural laws in this area of litigation vary greatly depending on where you file your claim, and a local Somerset lawyer will be familiar with requirements in your area. Additionally, a Massachusetts attorney can help you when you file your claim with the EEOC, and they may be able to help you obtain other kinds of relief during the time period when your case is pending.