Employment Law Questions? Ask an Employment Lawyer.
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In order to have any sort of claim against your employer, you would typically have to prove that you were terminated BECAUSE you are black and not due to any sort of performance-related issues. This can be very difficult to demonstrate, and candidly the fact that co-workers may have said things about your race would probably be insufficient to prove that your employer terminated you because of your race, as the opinions and statements of co-workers do not necessarily reflect what your employer thinks. Still, if you believe that you could convince a jury it is more likely than not that you would not have been let go except for the fact that you are black, then you may have a viable discrimination claim. You would typically have to forego your severance money in order to pursue the claim, so you need to decide whether that is worth it. Generally speaking, without more compelling evidence of an actual discriminatory intent, it is not worth it. You may wish to try negotiating the amount of the severance, as severance is usually negotiable.
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