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 be able to prove a claim of racial discrimination, the Eliot plaintiff further needs to prove that the employer had an intent to discriminate, and that the discriminatory action was based on race. This intent is most often shown by proving that the employer preferentially treated those of other races and nationalities.
How Can an Eliot Lawyer Help with My Claim?
In some instances, intent to discriminate may also be proven by using recorded statements by the employer regarding racial issues. Laws governing the procedures in discrimination will vary greatly depending on where the claim is filed, and Eliot attorneys will be able to help you with the requirements for your particular region. A Maine 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.