Flora, IL asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Illinois

Q: what constitutes racial profiling from a legal standpoint?

1 Lawyer Answer
George W. Svoboda
George W. Svoboda
  • Grayslake, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: There are many laws against discrimination based on race. Racial profiling is a term used broadly to mean that race or ethnicity is used as suspicion that someone committed an offense. Usually, this is something that law enforcement is accused of. Proving racial profiling is a way to win a discrimination lawsuit. However, there are other ways to prove discrimination as well. The facts and the situation are relevant in each case. Some people claim they were racially profiled in a retail setting or in an employment interview situation or in a apartment rental situation. There are many different laws and resources to consider in each situation. You should consult with an attorney if you believe you were discriminated against.

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