Should I Hire a Lawyer to Assist with my Racial Bias Claim?

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Racial bias in the workplace is prohibited by the Civil Rights Act.  In addition, several states have enacted their own anti-discrimination laws that attempt to prevent racial bias in the workplace.  Despite this, many people still encounter employment discrimination.  If you are the victim of racial bias, should you hire a lawyer to represent your interests?

It is always a good idea to at least consult with a lawyer if you are the victim of racial bias.  An experienced employment attorney will be able to evaluate your situation and advise you if your employer did in fact break the law.  A lawyer can also recommend whether you should pursue your claim under federal or state law. 

If you decide to pursue your racial bias claim under federal law, your next step is to contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  You do not need to have a lawyer in order to do this.  However, a major part of the EEOC’s process is to attempt to mediate between you and your employer, and it may be a good idea to have a lawyer to represent you during this process. 

Finally, many racial bias claims result in a lawsuit being filed against your employer.  While you will clearly need an attorney in order to be successful in the lawsuit, there are also statutes of limitations that govern when you can go to court.  Having consulted with a lawyer in advance will help ensure that you do not lose your right to bring a racial bias lawsuit against your employer.

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Last Modified: 06-26-2013 02:48 PM PDT

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