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Racial discrimination is a serious issue that can have a deep and lasting impact on individuals. People of all backgrounds should be aware of their rights and educated on the laws that exist to protect them from discrimination. It’s important to understand what qualifies as racial discrimination and how to recognize it when it occurs.
WHAT QUALIFIES AS DISCRIMINATION?
Racial discrimination is a form of discrimination based on race, color, and national origin. It has been present in our society since the beginning of time, and it continues to be an issue today. Whether it occurs at work, in housing, or in the educational system, racial discrimination adversely affects individuals from minority groups. Racial discrimination can take many forms, from comments made in passing to more overt acts of prejudice.
TYPES OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
Racial discrimination takes on many forms. It can range from being denied access to certain services or being treated differently because of your race or skin color.
One example is employment discrimination — when employers refuse to hire someone or make other decisions based on a person’s race rather than their qualifications. This type of discrimination also includes unequal pay for equal work and promotions that are denied due to race or ethnicity.
Another form of racial discrimination is educational inequality — when students from minority backgrounds are not given the same resources as their white counterparts. This could include anything from lower quality instruction or inadequate facilities for learning in schools populated by students from minority backgrounds. Educational inequality also extends beyond the classroom; it affects admission into universities and scholarships for higher education too.
Lastly, there is housing segregation, which happens when people from minority groups face difficulties renting apartments or buying homes due to landlords denying them access based solely on their race or ethnicity. That could also lead to redlining, where banks may deny loan applications made by people living in predominantly minority neighborhoods regardless of credit history or other factors that should influence their decision. Instead, a decision is made based on their skin color or ethnicity. While this is technically illegal in the United States, it still happens in many ways.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO WIN A RACIAL DISCRIMINATION CASE?
Racial discrimination cases can take months, or even years, to resolve. Each case presents its own set of unique circumstances and legal hurdles that need to be overcome before a satisfactory outcome can be reached. Here are some of the factors that may affect the timeline of a racial discrimination case:
THE NATURE OF YOUR CLAIM
Most cases involving racial discrimination require filing a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This means that each case needs to go through the EEOC’s investigation process. The length of this process will vary depending on the specifics of your claim and can range from several months to a year. In some cases, the EEOC may decide not to pursue your claim further and will issue a “Right to Sue Letter,” giving you permission to file a lawsuit in court if desired.
PURSUING LEGAL ACTION
If you choose to pursue legal action after receiving your Right to Sue Letter, your case may move more quickly than if it was being handled only by the EEOC. Many racial discrimination attorneys suggest settling out of court as this is usually faster and less expensive than going through lengthy litigation proceedings.
However, if an agreement cannot be reached between parties, then the case may need to go in front of a judge or jury for resolution. Depending on how busy their dockets are, these proceedings could take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years.
Regardless of which route is taken — settling out of court or going through litigation — there is always pre-trial preparation involved in any legal case. That includes things like gathering evidence, finding expert witnesses, and building an effective strategy for presenting your case in court or during settlement negotiations.
On average, this stage of the process usually takes around 4–6 months but can take longer depending on the complexity of your case and other factors, such as the availability of expert witnesses and other resources needed for success.
The trial itself can be lengthy. It can last weeks or even months, depending on how complex the facts are and how much evidence needs to be presented in court. During this stage, both sides present their arguments and evidence in front of a judge or jury, who will ultimately decide whether or not there has been racial discrimination under the law. Once both sides have rested their cases, it usually takes days or weeks for a verdict to be reached by the parties involved in the dispute.
Racial discrimination cases are complex matters that require careful consideration before any action is taken regarding them. Depending on the complexity of each particular case, it may take weeks, months, or even years for an individual plaintiff to receive justice from their former employer after filing a racial discrimination lawsuit against them.
WHAT KIND OF DAMAGES CAN I GET FROM MY LAWSUIT?
The type of damages sought in a racial discrimination lawsuit will vary depending on the circumstances of your case. Generally speaking, there are two types of damages available in such cases — economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are those that have an easily calculable worth, such as lost wages or medical bills. On the other hand, non-economic damages are more subjective; they include pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment in life, and so forth.
It should be noted that punitive damages may also be awarded in certain cases where egregious behavior is found to have taken place. These types of awards are intended to punish wrongdoers and deter similar behavior from happening again in the future.
The exact amount awarded in any given racial discrimination lawsuit will depend on several factors specific to that particular case. Courts will consider things like how long the plaintiff was exposed to discriminatory behavior, how severe it was, what kind of economic losses were suffered, whether any punitive damages were awarded, etc.
Additionally, courts will often award attorney fees as well as court costs if it is deemed appropriate by the judge hearing your case.
CONTACT GOMEZ TRIAL ATTORNEYS TODAY FOR YOUR RACIAL DISCRIMINATION CLAIM
No one should ever have to experience any form of racial discrimination, whether it’s at school, work, home, or elsewhere in life. If you think you have been discriminated against due to your race or ethnicity, then it’s important to speak with an experienced racial discrimination attorney who understands the law and knows how best to handle your case, so you get the justice you deserve. Don’t suffer in silence — contact The Gomez Trial Lawyers today for a free consultation by calling 866-TRIAL LAW (866-874-2552) or contacting us online.
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