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Can you file a race discrimination lawsuit?

When applying for or working a job, you expect to be treated with respect at all times. While this may be what most people expect, the world is not a perfect place. For this reason, discrimination still exists.

A racial discrimination claim is nothing to take lightly. You believe you were discriminated against during the hiring process or as an employee. At that point, you can follow one of many paths. Some people simply move on, not wanting to deal with others who have treated them in an inappropriate manner. Others, however, realize that they want to stand up for their rights.

There are times when you can file a racial discrimination lawsuit with the hope of receiving compensation and/or regaining your employment.

Before you can do so, however, there are some steps you want to take. First and foremost, you should discuss the issue with the hiring company or your employer. This lets them know you feel you have been discriminated against.

From there, you have to file a charge with a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission field office (EEOC). According to the EEOC website, this will result in the following:

"We will give you what is called a "Notice-of-Right-to-Sue" at the time we dismiss your charge, usually, after completion of an investigation."

Note: If you file your lawsuit under the Equal Pay Act, you do not have to file a charge with the EEOC.

You hope you never have to file a race discrimination lawsuit, but if you are in this position it is important to know which steps to take.

Source: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, "Filing a Lawsuit" accessed Mar. 02, 2015

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