Why is proving employment discrimination difficult?

There are many different types of discrimination that you could be exposed to in a working environment in Missouri. While discrimination is prohibited by law, it still happens all the time. This is not because people are unaware that it is illegal or that people are not reporting it. One of the biggest problems with discrimination is that it is difficult to prove, so people often get away with doing it.

Workplace Fairness notes there are many types of evidence that can be used to prove discrimination. However, some evidence may be stronger and more likely to help you win a discrimination case. For example, the strongest type of evidence is direct evidence. This is solid proof that someone discriminated against you. It basically proves beyond a doubt that it occurred. Unfortunately, direct evidence is not often available.

The more likely type of evidence would be circumstantial evidence. This would be evidence that shows there is a likelihood discrimination occurred. As you can guess, it is not as strong as direct evidence, and it may not always sway the court in your favor.

Because circumstantial evidence is more readily available and more likely to be the only type of evidence you have to present in court, it is no surprise then why so many claims are dismissed. It is tough to prove beyond a doubt that something happened when you cannot provide concrete proof. Unless you have a large amount of circumstantial evidence or you have other people who can back up your claims, then you could have trouble proving your case. This information is intended to educate and not to be taken as legal advice.

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