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I am sorry to hear about your situation. Unfortunately, you can be terminated without notice for pinching a co-worker. To bring a lawsuit at this stage of the game for conduct you suffered while employed, it very well may look like sour grapes, which is why it would behoove you to have a consult with a local employment law attorney.
It sounds like your previous employer may have created a hostile work environment however generally to prove actionable discrimination you need to prove that adverse action was taken against you as a result of the discrimination, i.e. you lost a promotion or were terminated.
As I thought, I left it too late, I should have done something about it when I was still working there. Hindsight is 20/20 I guess!
That it is. However, if there are others who are subject to the treatment, you may have recourse, it is worth looking into with an attorney who can sit down with you and understand all of the facts. However, in litigation, the fact that you were terminated prior to bringing the action may be used against you.
Unfortunately I am/was the only person of color at the place. Thanks anyway, obviously nothing can be done.
I am sorry. These types of facts can be VERY difficult to prove especially when there are no witnesses to corroborate your experience.