Employment discrimination

The Fight Against Systemic Discrimination in Employment Law

The power of class action lawsuits

Kemal M. Lepschoque, LL.M.
Friendly Legal
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6 min readJun 2, 2024

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Pattern and practice cases in U.S. employment law are about lawsuits where it is alleged that an employer has engaged in systematic and widespread discriminatory practices against certain group of employees (based on characteristics like race, gender, age, or disability).

Instead of focusing on isolated incidents, such cases look at the broad picture — overall patterns and practices within a particular company. The goal is to show that discrimination is not just happening to one person but is a widespread issue affecting many employees.

Typically, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or a group of affected employees (often in a class-action lawsuit) brings these cases to court. They need to provide evidence that the discriminatory practice is common and affects a significant number of employees.

If the court finds that a pattern or practice of discrimination exists, the employer may be required to change their policies, provide training to prevent future discrimination, and compensate affected employees.

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Kemal M. Lepschoque, LL.M.
Friendly Legal

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