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How do I prove a discrimination claim?

Discrimination happens in nearly every human interaction. However, it's a violation of state and federal law when discrimination happens at a Florida workplace. If someone loses out on job opportunities, promotions or suffers other indignities -- just because of his or her skin color, race, religion, gender, national origin, sexual preference or another reason -- that person can seek justice and financial restitution in court.

Proving discrimination is not necessarily easy

One of the most insidious problems with racial discrimination is the fact that it often slips under the radar. Let's say, for example, that you were fired from your job and your boss said it's because of your "bad performance." There isn't always an easy way to know if it was really due to your performance or if it was actually due to your race or religion.

Nevertheless, in some cases, the discrimination is obvious, and that's when you can fight back in court. Perhaps a prospective employer asks you a lot of suspicious questions about your race, and decides not to hire you. These race-oriented questions could serve as evidence in a discrimination lawsuit.

Also, hiring trends could serve as proof of discrimination. Perhaps you live in a predominantly Latin American neighborhood, but every employee of a company is conspicuously not Latin American. Or, perhaps company records prove that female employees with better educations and qualifications are regularly passed up in order to hire lesser qualified male employees. These facts can be presented in court, and they can be used as evidence to support a discrimination claim.

Were you discriminated against? An employment law attorney can help

If you're unsure about whether you are the victim of workplace discrimination, talk to a Florida employment law attorney. Most lawyers will review your case and inform you of your legal rights and options in a free, first-time legal consultation.

Source: FindLaw, "Racial discrimination in the workplace," accessed April 19, 2017

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