Under the U.S. Constitution and Title VII of the U.S. Code, racial discrimination is illegal 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 Fort Kent plaintiff also 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 a Fort Kent Lawyer Help with My Claim?
Furthermore, in some circumstances, recorded employer statements regarding racial issues can be used to prove their intent to discriminate. Laws governing the procedures in discrimination will vary widely depending on where the claim is filed, and Fort Kent 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.