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I am a black man. I was fired for getting a dui and for testing positive for cocaine on a judicially mandated test. A white co-worker got a dui and was caught with a felony possession of cocaine and paraphernalia and was allowed to keep his job. Is this discrimination?

2 answers  |  asked Jun 14, 2012 1:05 PM [EST]  |  applies to Florida

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Arthur Schofield
It is possible that the disparity of treatment is the result of discrimination. I agree with Ms. Towzey, but do not recommend you file a Charge of Discrimination directly, but do so through an attorney. That process is a an important one and if the case is ultimately going to be litigated, you want counsel to be handling that step in the process.

You are free to contact my office.

posted by Arthur Schofield  |  Jun 14, 2012 1:17 PM [EST]
Phyllis Towzey
It may or may not be discrimination -- it depends on whether there were any other factors involved in the decision to terminate you and not the other man. You should consult with an attorney regarding the specific facts of your case. Alternatively, you can file a discrimination charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (the EEOC). You can get information about this from their website:

posted by Phyllis Towzey  |  Jun 14, 2012 1:10 PM [EST]

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