Discriminatory animus usually refers to conduct by the employer which demonstrates discriminatory intent because the employer rarely admits that it took adverse action against an employee for discriminatory reasons. Discriminatory animus can be inferred for example through the lack of a legitimate reason for the employer's conduct.
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It sounds like you're trying to handle your EEOC claim by yourself without an attorney. I suggest you contact an attorney to help you with your claims immediately. You only get one opportunity to bring these types of claims and there are strict filing deadlines that you have to meet. An attorney will know how to phrase your claims and frame your arguments in a way that will help you get the best settlement or result at trial. Most attorneys will do a first consultation for free and take a case like yours on a contingency basis, meaning they will only collect fees if you win. I'd talk to an attorney right away.
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First of all, you need a lawyer. Many employment lawyers will at least consult with you initially without a fee. Mr. Larson is too professional to say this for himself, but, since you are in Wisconsin, and he is in Minnesota, I think you should contact him. Generally, try the website NELA.org, the website of the National Employment Lawyers Association, which should let you find someone in Wisconsin if that is preferable. Good luck.
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