Notably, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects employees and job applicants from employment discrimination based on their race. And the California Fair Employment and Housing Act offers similar protection. Therefore, if you were made the victim of racially discriminatory actions or behaviors, then these federal and state laws uplift you in your right to pursue legal action. Continue reading to learn how to prove your race discrimination case and how one of the experienced California employment discrimination lawyers at Stansbury Brown Law, PC can offer support.
What do I need to prove to validate my race discrimination case?
Firstly, you must understand that you may be unable to bring a race discrimination case forward if yours was a mild, one-time experience. This is because, unfortunately, federal and state laws do not offer protection for simple teasing, offhand comments, and/or overall isolated incidents of racial discrimination.
Rather, you must prove that you were made a victim of such discriminatory actions or behavior more than once and/or it was so severe that it resulted in an adverse employment decision. Without further ado, to validate your race discrimination case, you must prove the following circumstances as true:
- An employer, manager, coworker, or customer consistently treated you differently than an individual who is of a different race.
- An employer, manager, coworker, or customer treated you differently than an individual who is of a different race (but in a similar or same position, rank, or job responsibility) in a similar or same event.
- An employer, manager, coworker, or customer frequently and/or harshly discriminates against you for no legitimate or nondiscriminatory reason.
What evidence can I use to support my case?
To prove all the aforementioned circumstances as true, you must produce a sufficient amount of evidence. Examples of possibly relevant evidence include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Work email exchanges or direct messages capturing the racial discrimination incident itself or conversations surrounding it.
- Photos and videos, taken by yourself or by present witnesses, capturing the events leading up to the racial discrimination incident.
- Copies of the official complaints of the racial discrimination incident to your company’s Human Resources department and the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
- Testimonies made by treating physicians who know firsthand how the racial discrimination incident has affected your mental health.
- Testimonies made by loved ones who know firsthand how the racial discrimination incident has diminished the quality of your personal life.
- Testimonies made by coworkers or managers who know firsthand how the racial discrimination incident has affected your job performance.
At the end of the day, your race discrimination case requires one of the skilled California employment discrimination lawyers in your corner. So please get in touch with us at Stansbury Brown Law, PC.