Racial Discrimination Attorneys in California
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Defending Victims of Workplace Racial Discrimination
Racial discrimination in the workplace involves the unfavorable treatment of an employee based on race or characteristics associated with race (including but not limited to skin color, facial features, hair texture). Color discrimination occurs when an individual is treated unfavorably due to the color of their complexion. Facing discrimination due to your color or race? Get your free consultation with one of our California Racial Discrimination Attorneys today!
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What is Racial Discrimination?
Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin is prohibited. Racial discrimination occurs when an individual is treated unfairly or put at a disadvantage based on their race or perceived race. While race and color are often considered to be related concepts, they are not synonymous. Color discrimination is discrimination based on an individual’s pigmentation or skin tone. Color discrimination can occur between persons of different races or ethnicities, or between persons of the same race or ethnicity.
What is Considered Racial Discrimination?
Racial discrimination can take on various manifestations in the workplace. Forms of racial discrimination can include but are not limited to:
- Failing to hire
- Failing to promote
- Denying benefits
- Termination of employment
Between 1997 and 2018, there were 710,500 racial discrimination complaints filed to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Based on the EEOC’s 2019 report, 23,976 race-based discrimination claims were received by the agency – making it the third-highest filed workplace discrimination claim. Despite being one of the most commonly filed claims of discrimination, racial discrimination cases also have the lowest rate of success, with a mere 15% receiving some sort of compensation or relief. Employees are encouraged to exercise the rights afforded to them by legislation such as the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in combatting racial discrimination in the workplace.
Racial Discrimination FAQs
What are examples of racial harassment?
Racial harassment involves offensive and unwelcoming conduct in the workplace. This can include but is not limited to racial slurs, jokes, and comments. This also includes racially offensive symbols, gestures, drawings, and physical conduct.
Can my employer ask about my race?
While federal law does not prohibit an employer from inquiring about an employee’s race, it may be indicative of possible intent to discriminate based on race. Therefore, it is recommended that employers refrain from inquiring, or ensure that race-related questions are for a lawful reason.
Am I protected from race and color discrimination if I identify as biracial or multi-racial?
Yes. Both biracial and multi-racial prospective and current employees are protected from discrimination based on race and color.
Is it illegal to discriminate against or harass someone of your own race?
Yes. It is illegal to discriminate against people of the same racial group based on race or color.
Can my employer base any job decisions based on my race or color?
No. An employer cannot and should not base any employment-related decisions on your race or color. This includes hiring, firing, promotions, demotions, wages, benefits, and termination.
Can my employer punish me for reporting an alleged incident of racial discrimination?
No. This is a form of workplace retaliation. An employer cannot punish or harass you for reporting any form of discrimination to the EEOC, state agency, or any trusted individual.
Racial Discrimination – Attorney Principles
Protecting Your Rights as an Employee
Employees must exercise the rights extended to them by laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. In California, there are even more pieces of legislation that protect your rights as an employee. These acts were devised to ensure your rights and protection against employers. Your racial discrimination lawyer will defend your legal rights and seek the maximum compensation for your distress.
Every attorney in Her Lawyer’s network carries at least 5 years of legal experience and undergoes gender sensitivity training. Our racial discrimination attorneys approach cases with discretion, confidence, and expertise.
Personal Needs Require Personalized Service
Racial discrimination can be a very sensitive and emotional issue. When consulting attorneys, it’s important to hire someone that you trust and feel comfortable with. Although every attorney in Her Lawyer’s network handles cases with discretion and expertise, some clients may feel more comfortable being represented by an attorney that fits their unique circumstances. Her Lawyer will accommodate your individualized needs and preferences. If you prefer to be represented by a woman lawyer, contact Her Lawyer to get in touch with one of our female racial discrimination attorneys.
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