The U.S. Constitution and Title VII of the U.S. Code both make racial discrimination illegal in the state of Washington. 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?
Federal investigations of workplace discrimination are conducted by the agency called the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Employees who are victims of discrimination are required to file their claim with the EEOC before filing suit in a court of law. Race discrimination includes situations where an employer treats their worker differently from other workers who are of a different race or nationality.
To be successful in a racial discrimination claim, the Seattle employee must further prove that their employee had the required intent to discriminate based upon the person's race. Intent may be proved by demonstrating that the employer gave preferential treatment to people of other races or nationalities.
How Can a Seattle Lawyer Help with My Claim?
In certain 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 Seattle attorneys will be able to help you with the requirements for your particular region. A good Washington attorney will also be able to help you should you decide to file with the EEOC, and they can guide you towards other potential remedies while your case is pending.