Under the U.S. Constitution, as well as Title VII of the U.S. Code, it is prohibited to discriminate on the basis of race in the state of Rhode Island. Employers may not take race into account according to these laws when hiring or recruiting workers, or when determining wages and promotion offers.
What Must Be Proven in a Discrimination Claim?
The federal agency known as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has the authority to conduct investigations of workplace discrimination, and employees must file their discrimination claims wih the EEOC prior to suing in a civil court. Race discrimination includes situations where an employer treats their worker differently from other workers who are of a different race or nationality.
To be able to prove a claim of racial discrimination, the Providence plaintiff further needs to show that the employer had an intent to discriminate, and that the discriminatory action was based on race. This intent is most often proven by showing that the employer preferentially treated those of other races and nationalities.
How Can a Providence Lawyer Help with My Claim?
Additionally, in some circumstances, recorded employer statements regarding racial issues can be used to show their intent to discriminate. Laws of procedure vary greatly in this area of law depending on where you file your claim, and local Providence lawyers will be familiarized with the requirements of your geographical region. Should you decide to file your claim at the EEOC, a Rhode Island lawyer will be able to help you out, and they can also point you towards other types of remedies available to you while your claim is pending.