This is the next post in our series in the handling of race discrimination cases involving Santa Ana, California employers. Our last article discussed conducting discovery in race discrimination cases. It is important to understand the importance of discovery. Trials are not won with “surprise” evidence that is unveiled at the last minute. Presenting a case requires the methodical gathering of information through the discovery process. In this article we will discuss what to expect while attending trial in such case. Contact our office to speak with an attorney.
We have previously discussed taking disability discrimination cases to trial. These same concepts apply in a race discrimination case. The matter will begin with jury selection. Each side will then make an opening statement before the presentation of evidence. The Plaintiff will present his or her case. The defendants will then present their evidence before the Plaintiff concludes with rebuttal. After closing arguments the jurors will deliberate and reach a decision. If the jurors rule in your favor then they will also determine the amount of your damages. We will discuss the calculation of those damages in our next article.
It is important to understand that the jurors will be the ones to ultimately decide whether or not your employer discriminated against you on the basis of ethnicity. It goes without saying that your employer is unlikely to admit, on the witness stand, to their racial bias. This means that your attorney must present your case in a way that “connects the dots” and shows the company’s true motivations. These dots must be connected in a way that the jurors will understand and find believable. It is also important that they come to understand your personal story as the case progresses. These are reasons why it is crucial to retain an employment law attorney who is experienced in taking such matters to trial. Retaining inexperienced counsel may result in your facts being presented poorly.
Our Orange County race discrimination lawyers aggressively protect workers whose rights have been violated. Glen Duvel has devoted his career to standing up for California employees and he is ready to assist you. Call our Santa Ana office today. 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.