In Missouri, racial discrimination is illegal under both the U.S. Constitution and Title VII of the U.S. Code. According to these laws, employers may not take race into account when hiring, recruiting, determining pay or offering promotions.
What Must Be Proven in a Discrimination Claim?
The federal agency that is in charge of investigations of workplace discrimination is the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Before taking matters to court, employees who have been discriminated against must file their claim with the EEOC. Discrimination based on race involves an employer who treats worker(s) differently than employees who are of another racial background.
To succeed on a claim of racial discrimination, the Kansas City plaintiff must also prove that his employer acted with an intent to discriminate based on race or nationality. Intent may be proved by demonstrating that the employer gave preferential treatment to people of other races or nationalities.
How Can a Kansas City Lawyer Help with My Claim?
Also, sometimes statements that were recorded and made by the employer regarding racial issues can be used to prove intent. Procedural laws in this area of litigation vary greatly depending on where you file your claim, and a local Kansas City lawyer will be familiar with requirements in your area. Also, a Missouri 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.