Considering the host of federal laws that protect employees from workplace discrimination, many Arizona workers feel as if they don't need to worry about losing job opportunities or suffering from wrongful termination as a result of discrimination. However, discrimination continues to be a widespread problem in our state.
Perhaps you suddenly lost your job for seemingly no reason at all. Maybe you suspect that it was because of your race after overhearing some disparaging racial remarks from you boss. If you're worried you're the victim of workplace discrimination, keep reading.
Check to see if you can answer "yes" to the following questions
The following questions will help you evaluate whether you can pursue a discrimination claim in court. If your answer is "yes" to one or more of these questions, you may be the victim of racial discrimination:
- Do you have hard evidence of being terminated due to discrimination?
- Can you show that only women, or only people of a certain race, have been terminated or laid off recently?
- Do some employees receive different treatment at your work based on their genders or races?
- Did your employer take certain actions that reveal a bias in treatment? Did anyone witness these actions?
- Does your employer make general statements about hiring new workers? Perhaps the employer says that he or she works better with women or prefers to hire new college graduates.
Consider the evidence you can use to prove discrimination occurred
Arizona employees who have been discriminated against can suffer financially as a result. You might have lost your job, seemingly out of nowhere -- and with it, you lost your source of income. Alternatively, you might have observed other employees rising up the ranks with promotions and raises while you were left in the dust because of your gender or your status as a person with a disability.
Federal and state laws are on the side of the victims of discrimination, and the law will support victims to pursue compensation and other remedies to get back on track financially. However, in order to prevail in your case, you may need to prove the discrimination occurred by putting your best foot forward in court.