How Do I Prove Chicago Employment Discrimination?

How Do I Prove Chicago Employment Discrimination?

There are many types of discrimination that can take place in a work environment but none of them are allowed. No one should ever have to face these kinds of behaviors, which is why anyone who has been the victim of any one of these types of discriminations should contact an experienced employment discrimination lawyer. Some of the most common types of discrimination that occur at work include:

  • Gender
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Political Beliefs

Proving You Have a Case

Often the most difficult part of a discrimination case is being able to prove that you have been the victim of discrimination. So what does it take to prove that your employer has been discriminatory against you? In order to win your claim you will be required to show that you are a member of at least one of the so-called protected classes, which are gender, race, religion, color and nation origin. Additionally, you must also prove that you were qualified for the position you held, that you were meeting the required standards and duties of that position, and that you were actually fired. Lastly, you must also show that there was someone in similar circumstances as you, outside of your protected class, that was not fired, or that the company hired someone to take your place that was not in your protected class.

Direct Method

In order to prove there was discrimination you can follow the direct method or indirect method. The direct method requires actually having someone directly make a discriminatory remark as his or her grounds for termination. It is helpful if someone else hears the remark, but it is not necessarily required. A statement of admission would be something like this, for example: “You don’t belong in a white man’s position; you’re fired.” That would be considered direct proof of discrimination.

Indirect Method

However, the indirect method is much more common. It takes three steps to prove. The first step is for the employee to show that he or she is qualified for the job or the promotion and that he or she is a member of at least one protected class, which differs from the person who was hired or promoted. The company must also provide a different reason for the treatment and the employee needs to prove that the employer’s reasoning was false.

We Fight For You

If you feel that you have been the victim of any kind of workplace discrimination, then you need to seek the help of experienced discrimination attorney Mitchell A. Kline in Chicago. Our law office will evaluate the facts of your situation and determine whether not you have a valid complaint. If you have been discriminated against, then we will fight for your rights. Click here to contact us or call us today at 312-558-1454.