Racial discrimination can take place in a variety of settings, from housing to employment. Take action by finding an attorney if you feel as though you have been discriminated against.
Under federal law, no employment choices can be made based upon race. If you feel as if you have been the victim of this type of discrimination, your first step should be to contact your human resources department. When you present your case to the department, try to remain non-adversarial and, at this time, refrain from mentioning anything litigious. After you have exhausted this avenue, contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to file your discrimination charge.
This commission, also known as the EEOC, is a federal organization in charge of investigating discrimination. If you want to file with the EEOC, you must do so within their parameters, which mandate that you file within 180 days of the discriminatory act. Some states may have their own agencies and some may extend the statute of limitations to as much as 300 days.
Some individuals who have suffered from discrimination may want to skip the EEOC and go straight to a lawsuit. If you are filing under Title XII of the Civil Rights Act, which is the most frequently cited anti-discrimination law, you must go through the EEOC and they must send you a right-to-sue letter. Once you have this letter in hand, you can contact your lawyer and proceed with the lawsuit.
By knowing the proper process for beginning a discrimination lawsuit, you should feel more comfortable with the proceedings. For more information about filing your lawsuit, contact our L.A. Discrimination Lawyers at Jackson & Associates.