The U.S. Constitution and Title VII of the U.S. Code both make racial discrimination illegal in the state of Vermont. 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?
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 which has authority to investigate any claims of discrimination in the workplace. Discrimination based on race involves an employer who treats worker(s) differently than employees who are of another racial background.
The Burlington plaintiff must further be able to prove that the employer acted with intent to discriminate based on race in order to succeed in a racial discrimination claim. The employer's intent can often be proven by showing that other people of different races were treated preferentially.
How Can a Burlington Lawyer Help with My Claim?
Furthermore, sometimes statements that were recorded and made by the employer regarding racial issues can be used to show intent. In this area of litigation, procedural laws will vary greatly depending on where the claim is filed, and a Burlington attorney will be knowledgeable of the requirements for your particular location. Furthermore, a Vermont 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.