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What constitutes racial discrimination in the workplace?
Employers are not legally allowed to make decisions or treat their employees differently based on protected statuses, under several different federal laws and also individual state laws. Some examples of those protected statuses include race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, national origin and age.
“Race” can refer not only to a person’s skin color, but to someone’s ethnic heritage as well. Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, employers are prohibited from using race as a reason for:
- Not hiring an applicant
- Firing an employee
- Disciplining an employee
- Separating an employee or group of employees or applicants
- Not providing the same promotions or opportunities to an employee as they do to others
How An Attorney Can Help
If you suspect you have been a victim of racial discrimination in your workplace, contact us to have an experienced employment attorney evaluate your claim and see whether you have a case. It is not always easy to prove that the reason someone was not treated fairly was due to their race, and you must also prove that there were negative job consequences as a result of the discrimination. Sufficient evidence must be gathered in order to support your claim. An attorney will be able to tell you if you have a possible claim.
As part of compensating for unlawful discrimination, an employer may be instructed by the court to compensate you financially for lost income or damages or restore your position.
At Siri & Glimstad, there is never any cost upfront to you for our representation. We get paid only if we win for you.