Disparate Treatment Evidence
Although you may be concerned about not having direct evidence to establish your discrimination claim, your Greenbelt employment attorney can explain that you may be able to prove your case with only circumstantial evidence.
Your Greenbelt employment attorney can explain that when you have a case dependent on circumstantial evidence, you will likely have to meet the burden-shifting standard. You must be able to establish a prima facie case. This must be able to rebut the employer’s contentions regarding a non-discriminatory reason for the actions that it took.
Establishing a Prima Facie Case
Your Greenbelt employment attorney can explain what you need to do to prove a prima facie case. The elements of this cause of action require you to show:
- You are a member of a protected class
- You qualify for the position that you had or were seeking
- Your employer took adverse action against you
- Other individuals in a similar situation who are not part of the protected class were not subjected to this action
Next, your Greenbelt employment lawyer can explain that your employer must state a non-discriminatory reason for its adverse action against you after you have established a prima facie case. You then have the burden of showing that this reason is just a pretense.
If you would like to learn more about the burden of proof necessary to prove your claim, contact the Law Offices of Boniface K. Cobbina, P.C. at 202-463-6900.