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5 elements needed for a solid discrimination case

On Behalf of | Dec 6, 2023 | Race And National Origin Discrimination

In the pursuit of a fair and just work environment, it is necessary to understand the key elements that constitute a solid workplace discrimination case.

By recognizing and addressing these factors, individuals can navigate the complexities of discrimination claims more effectively.

1. Discrimination incident details

The foundation of any workplace discrimination case lies in clear and concise documentation. Describing the who, what, when, where and how of the occurrence is important. It should include names, dates, locations and a detailed account of the discriminatory actions.

2. Consistent and uniform treatment

A compelling discrimination case often hinges on the consistent treatment of employees. Highlighting instances where others received preferential treatment or faced discriminatory actions strengthens the case significantly.

3. Company policies and handbook compliance

Scrutinizing the company’s policies and handbook is necessary in demonstrating a solid case. By comparing the discriminatory incident with established policies, an employee can highlight the breach of organizational guidelines. This not only establishes a clear framework for acceptable behavior but also reinforces the severity of the discrimination.

4. Witnesses and testimonies

The inclusion of witnesses and their testimonies adds depth to a workplace discrimination case. Colleagues who can testify to the discriminatory incident or support claims of a pervasive discriminatory environment can substantiate the victim’s assertions.

5. Documented complaints and responses

Document and previous discriminatory complaints and responses from higher-ups. The company’s handling of these complaints can shed light on its commitment to addressing discrimination. This may influence the strength of the case.

In FY 2022, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received 73,485 new discrimination charges, an increase of almost 20% over the previous year. With discrimination still found in the workplace, understanding the factors that contribute to a strong case is important.