A lawyer who specializes in employment law says there’s a new way to sue for discrimination.
Marcia Pritchard says in the past, she would have to prove a negative by a preponderance of evidence that a workplace policy violated her rights.
That changed with the recent appointment of a new attorney who says he will handle cases where a discriminatory workplace policy doesn’t make a case.
Pritchard, a senior associate with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, is a partner with the law firm Ketchum.
Her new position brings her into the legal arena where her expertise is focused on workplace discrimination claims.
She says a court-appointed lawyer will handle many of the cases she’ll be working on.
“There are a lot of different types of cases that you can do, and if I were to go in and look at one, I think I would have some problems,” she said.
“There’s a lot going on in the workplace that doesn’t necessarily look like discrimination.”
Pritchers case could have a different outcomeA court-supervised trial would be a good start for a lawsuit like Pritchers, but it could end up with a different result.
That’s because a court’s job is to protect the public interest, not the rights of the litigants.
If the court is willing to hold the company accountable, Pritcher said, they might want to go ahead with the trial.
But if they can’t find a way to hold it accountable, they’re going to be more inclined to take it to a jury.
Prairie is a small town about 70 miles north of Minneapolis.
It has a population of about 1,600 and is mostly white.
In her time as a lawyer, Porscher has won several discrimination cases against employers that she believes are discriminatory.
But she says it can be difficult to prove discrimination.
“I don’t think there’s any way to get into a case where you don’t have a case, and then have to decide if it’s discrimination,” she told ABC News.
The lawPritcher is hoping to help employers and their employees file workplace discrimination lawsuits is different than the kind of case that typically is brought in civil court.
Instead, her practice focuses on lawsuits that involve claims of unlawful harassment and retaliation, which could be difficult for employers to prove.
In these cases, a plaintiff must prove that the employer has violated the rights protected by the law by “using a discriminatory work environment” or “not paying the prevailing wage rate,” Pritches attorneys said.
That means it could be hard for a company to prove that it is simply a good employer.
Pitchers goal is to be able to get employers to agree to a settlement that will give them some control over their workplace.
She said she can work with them to develop a plan to settle.
“We could make a plan, we could go through that plan with them, and we could negotiate on the details, and hopefully we could reach a deal,” she added.
“The key is to find the right agreement.
And hopefully we can reach a resolution that gives them some sense of control over what’s going on, so that they don’t do it again.”
Pitcher said she plans to start work soon, but that she will only work with companies that are in compliance with the EEOC’s requirements.