This is the next post in our series discussing cases involving race discrimination by Santa Ana, California employers. Our last article discussed filing a race discrimination claim against California companies. It is important to understand that you must begin your case within one year of the last time that discrimination occurred. Failing to do so can result in your case being dismissed by the Court. Contacting our Orange County discrimination lawyers today can help to ensure that you do not miss your statute of limitations. In this article we will be discussing the use of discovery in such cases.
We previously discussed the use of discovery in disability discrimination cases. The process is similar in matters which involve race discrimination. It is important to remember that lawsuits are not won with secret evidence that remains hidden until trial. Discovery allows one to collect the evidence they need to prove their case. The process can be used to gain written answers to questions, to require that the other side provide records, to have witnesses testify in the presence of a court reporter, and to acquire materials from third-parties. Defendants and witnesses are obligated to answer these requests. If they fail to do so then they may be found in Contempt of Court and, in extreme cases, repeated failures to provide answers can lead to a defendant being placed in default.
The type of evidence you acquire through discovery will depend on the specifics of your case. As we discussed in our article on what constitutes race discrimination in Orange County, many cases involve situations where employers implemented a policy that hurts one specific ethnic group even though the policy did not specifically deal with race. In such a case it would be necessary to acquire internal memos, email, meeting notes and more in order to determine the company’s reasoning in adopting such a policy. It is also possible to have company executives testify at a deposition in which your attorney will be able to not only ask questions, but to follow up on any suspicious answers. Other employees who have been harmed by such policies may also be called to testify at a deposition.
If you believe that your Orange County employer has treated you unfairly, on the basis of race, then it is important that your contact an employment discrimination lawyer immediately. Glen Duvel has extensive experience in handling such matters and recognizes the importance of making sure such injustices go correctly. Contact our Santa Ana office today to schedule an initial consultation. We also service Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Tustin, Westminster, and Yorba Linda.