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Why Employment Discrimination Cases Are Hard to Win

Employment discrimination is one of the worst things a person has to go through, especially since so much of our lives are tied to the kind of work we do and how much we get paid to get it done. 

Unfortunately, it’s a problem that commonly occurs, and when it comes to lawsuits, only 1% are won by the worker. These are the reasons why employment discrimination cases are hard to win…

What Causes Employment Discrimination Cases

The average employment discrimination case is not spurred on by just one problem: but many.  Discrimination is a systemic issue that people of protected classes have to deal with for their entire lives, so it may be hard for others to notice.

Still, those who live in a discriminated-against body or life have to deal with microaggressions and even just flat out aggression in their daily life.  In many cases, discrimination isn’t a quick one-off problem, if it comes to a lawsuit, it’s often something that’s happened an uncomfortable number of times.

There Are Different Laws from State to State

One thing that makes it difficult to win these cases is that there are different laws from state to state on what’s considered discrimination.  These laws, and biases in some areas, make it so that those discriminated against don’t get a fair trial and are why so many discrimination cases fail.  

Employers Often Keep a Clear Papertrail

Many companies fear these types of lawsuits and keep a clear paper trail to track their interactions with their employees, who they hired, and what kind of workforce they have.  

Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that the information they have is correct; it just means that they’ve gathered it.  It’s important that you also keep a clear paper trail and keep track of anything you experience.

It Can Be Hard to Prove Discrimination Since Many Treat it as an Opinion.

As said earlier, there’s a large issue where many people treat discrimination as an opinion or a personal belief instead of something that systematically stops some people from being able to work or get paid fairly.  This can convince people to follow through with a suit because public opinion about them has prevented many people from ever pursuing a case.

So Many Settle Outside of Court And It Skews Percentages

Eighty-nine percent of employment discrimination cases settle outside of court, so the fact that only 1% wins means that it’s one out of every eleven instances.

This number is far more manageable and allows people to have more realistic views on what they’re up against if they decide to pursue a court case.  Although there’s still a large and clear difference between wins and losses, it’s not large enough to scare so many away.

Every Worker Deserves the Right to a Safe and Respectful Workplace

Whether you’ve worked with a company for ten years or just got hired: this work must allow you to feel secure and valued.  If they mistreat you because of something you can’t control or enable others to do so without punishment, it’s time to consider legal action.

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