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What does it take to prove workplace discrimination?

In all American states, including Michigan, it is against the law to discriminate against workers because of age, gender, race, disability other protected attributes. Unfortunately, many employers continue to break these laws because it can be difficult to prove any unlawful behavior occurred. Without real, tangible evidence to rely on in a legal setting, workplace discrimination claims can fail.

If you know you are suffering from workplace discrimination or if you are not quite sure you are a victim, an attorney can help. Starting with the initial consultation, a lawyer can take an objective look at your situation and help you identify discrimination. Once this step is complete, you and your attorney can start working on a legal strategy that will satisfy your need for justice. To accomplish your goals, you must prove that the following has occurred.

  • Your employers treat you differently than they do workers of other genders, ages, races, religions or national origins
  • Your employers favored another worker with equal qualifications over you simply because the other worker was a different race, gender, etc.
  • There exists no legitimate reason for your employers to treat you differently than they do other employees

Of course, you will need evidence to prove your claims. Your attorney can help you collect proper evidence such as the names of co-workers who received "better" treatment than you did. Your lawyer will also want to review any workplace documentation you have. Examples include employee handbooks and documents detailing employee policies.

With skilled representation, you can overcome workplace discrimination while holding the management to account for these prohibited behaviors. Please consider reaching out to a workplace discrimination attorney for additional information.

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