Proving Workplace Discrimination
Workplace discrimination typically takes place in two forms: direct and circumstantial. Direct workplace discrimination is obvious discriminatory behavior, i.e. an employee is fired because she becomes pregnant. Circumstantial evidence, conversely, happens when the employer’s termination defies all possible explanation other than action based on discrimination, ie., when an elderly woman is fired and no explanation is given.
Proving workplace discrimination can be difficult; it is often one individual’s word against another’s. For this reason, it is important that you adequately document any suspected discrimination and enlist the help of an attorney who has experience defending the rights of discrimination victims. For the assistance you need with your case, contact the Austin labor lawyers at The Melton Law Firm, by calling 512-330-0017 today.
How to Prove Discrimination
The more evidence you have on hand of discriminatory behaviors, practices, or comments, the stronger your case will be. During court proceedings, you may have to prove:
- That you belong to a “protected class” of individuals and that you were discriminated against because of your inclusion in this group.
- Your employer’s reason for firing / unfavorable action was “pretext,” and not the reason expressed by your employer.
- Proof in the form of statistics and analysis supporting your claims.
A knowledgeable lawyer can help you build the strongest workplace discrimination case possible, increasing your chances for a favorable court outcome.
If you have been the victim of discrimination in the workplace, you may be entitled to compensation. The Austin labor attorneys at The Melton Law Firm, can help. Call 512-330-0017 to schedule a consultation today.