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Racial Discrimination at Work

Federal law and many state or local laws prohibit employers from treating an employee or applicant for employment worse because of their race or color. Racial discrimination may include, for example, being denied promotions, paid less, given worse job assignments, excessively monitored or scrutinized, being denied training opportunities, or fired, among other various other employment decisions that affect your job. Unlawful race discrimination also includes what is referred to as disparate impact discrimination. Disparate impact discrimination is when rules or policies that apply to all employees uniquely affect employees of one race.

There are several ways to prove that you experienced racial discrimination. One way is to show that your coworkers of a different race were treated better than you. Another way is to show that the decision maker, supervisor, or boss who made employment decisions that affected your job used racial slurs or made racially offensive jokes or comments. You do not need direct evidence to provide racial discrimination. In fact, direct evidence is uncommon in discrimination cases. Most race discrimination plaintiffs prove their claims with circumstantial evidence. Circumstantial evidence of discrimination is evidence that raises a reasonable inference that your race motivated your employer to treat you worse. Some examples of circumstantial evidence, include suspicious timing, ambiguous statements, different treatment, personal animus, or any other facts that can help a jury infer that you experienced discrimination. 

 

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