Under the U.S. Constitution and Title VII of the U.S. Code, racial discrimination is prohibited in Maine. 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?
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 that has authority to investigate any claims of discrimination in the workplace. Racial discrimination claims involve situations where an employers treat employees differently than other employees who are of a different race.
To succeed on a claim of racial discrimination, the Bar Harbor 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 Bar Harbor Lawyer Help with My Claim?
Furthermore, in some circumstances, recorded employer statements regarding racial issues can be used to show their intent to discriminate. Procedural laws in this area of litigation differentiate considerably depending on where you file your claim, and a local Bar Harbor lawyer will be familiar with requirements in your area. A good Maine 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.