Racial Discrimination

There are many forms of race or color discrimination, and some are so subtle that it's difficult to recognize. But under the law, everyone is protected from race discrimination. If you are of a different race or color and you feel you have been the victim of racial discrimination on the job, you should talk with a lawyer experienced in employment law issues. Although the federal government prohibits race discrimination, there are still many instances in which people of different races or colors are treated unfavorably in the workplace every day.

State and federal civil rights laws make it illegal to discriminate against employees and job applicants during any aspect of the employment process. The laws apply to for-profit and non-profit organizations, employment agencies and civil service jobs. In addition to employees and job applicants, others protected against race discrimination include independent contractors, unpaid interns and volunteers.

Racial discrimination laws protect the public, staring with advertising, applications, interviews, hiring, training, promotions, transfers, job responsibilities, work locations, compensation and termination. For example, if you are Latino or African American, perhaps you may be assigned to work in a retail store or restaurant chain in a Latino or African American neighborhood. As a minority worker, you may also notice that when there are company layoffs that most Caucasians get to keep their jobs, while the minorities get laid off first. Perhaps new hired employees with similar education and backgrounds are paid more than minority workers. Maybe you feel that less qualified people of a different race get the promotions you deserve. These are all indications of possible race discrimination.

Another illegal factor of race discrimination is harassment. If executives, managers, or co-workers make offensive and derogatory remarks about race, color, ethnicity, or nationality on a frequent basis, and this behavior makes you and others uncomfortable, this is harassment. Harassment can be in the form of racial slurs or jokes, racially-offensive symbols, or physical abuse. These types of unacceptable behaviors can create a hostile work environment for everyone involved.

Race discrimination also includes treating people unfavorably because they are dating, associating, or married to someone of a different race. Discrimination can also occur when both you and the person discriminating against you are of the same race. It’s also illegal to base employment decisions on stereotypes about the character or abilities of certain races. Segregating minority employees in the workplace, or preventing them from coming into contact with customers is also unlawful.

It is not uncommon for an employee or job applicant to file a complaint against the employer for such ill treatment. In such instances, the employer may be angered by such an action and might retaliate against them for doing so. There are many forms of retaliation, however a very common form of retaliating is firing the person who filed the claim, basing the termination on an unrelated, or fabricated excuse.

If you have experienced race discrimination in the workplace, contact Yarian and Associates, for a free case evaluation. As experienced lawyers in the area of employment law, we can listen to your story and help you determine if you have grounds for a lawsuit. Call us today for a free consultation.

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