A former Brockton resident named Russell Lopes has brought a class action lawsuit against the City of Brockton, the Commissioner of DPW, and the Personnel Director, claiming alleged discrimination.  He claims that he was perfectly fit for the job he applied for (Motor Equipment Repairman for the Department of Public Works) and submitted a flawless application whereas the white man who was hired for the job submitted an incomplete application.  Therefore, according to a source, Lopes is suing the defendants for alleged “discriminatory hiring practices within the Department of Public Works.”  According to the lawsuit, “over the past 10 years, the department has hired 41 employees, 39 of whom were white, none were black, none were Asian and two were listed as “other.”

Discriminatory Hiring Practices

Discriminatory hiring practices are considered a form of employment discrimination. Employment Discrimination occurs when a job applicant or an employee is treated less favorably than others due to certain factors including their age, gender, national origin, and having a disability. When an employer discriminates against a potential employee due to his or her national origin, there may be a valid legal claim against that employer, especially if a pattern of race discrimination can be shown.

Steps to Take if You’ve Fallen Victim to Race Discrimination

  1. File a charge of race discrimination with the Federal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
  2. Contact a race discrimination attorney.  A qualified race discrimination attorney is well-versed in workplace racial discrimination laws and can answer any questions you may have regarding your discrimination.

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