Race or Color Discrimination
Race or color discrimination
It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee because of race. The first employment laws passed by Congress were designed to protect individuals from race discrimination. Race discrimination involves treating someone (an applicant or employee) unfavorably because he/she is of a certain race or because of personal characteristics associated with race (such as hair texture, skin color, or certain facial features). Color discrimination involves treating someone unfavorably because of skin color complexion.
Race/color discrimination also can involve treating someone unfavorably because the person is married to (or associated with) a person of a certain race or color or because of a person’s connection with a race-based organization or group, or an organization or group that is generally associated with people of a certain color.
Discrimination can occur when the victim and the person who inflicted the discrimination are the same race or color.
Common Types of Racial Discrimination at Work
Unfortunately, race or color discrimination in the workplace still exists in the workplace in this day and age. Here are several types of racial discrimination that can occur at work:
- Hiring Decisions: Employers are legally prohibited from making hiring decisions based on an applicant’s skin color. However, some hiring managers may still do this. If you believe you were denied a position because of your skin color, you should consult a lawyer.
- Direct Harassment: No one should have to go into the workplace and deal with harassing behavior about their skin color. Unfortunately, this sometimes occurs. If your coworkers use racial slurs or make offensive comments about your race, it can be difficult to go into work every day.
- Pay Discrepancies: Some employers may pay workers of certain races less than other workers. For instance, a black marketing manager may earn less than a white marketing manager who possesses similar education and experience.
- Unfair Disciplinary Actions: Employers can also racially discriminate by disciplining certain employees more harshly than others. For example, a black employee may get written up for being late to work while a employee may not receive any disciplinary action for being tardy.
- Overlooked Promotions: This form of race or color discrimination may not be as obvious, but is still exists. Employees of certain races may get passed up for promotions even if they have the proper skills and exceed in their job duties.
What to Do If You’re Facing Race Discrimination
If you believe you’re being discriminated against at work for the color of your skin, you can take steps to stop it.
- Document Everything: The more documentation you have, the easier it is to prove that race discrimination has taken place. For example, if someone at work makes a racial slur against you, put it in writing. Include as many details as possible, such as what racial slur was said and the name of the person who said it.
- Report the Discrimination: If you have been discriminated against for your race, you should inform your company’s HR department promptly. Explain the situation in full detail and put it in writing.
- Hire a Lawyer: If your company fails to address the racial discrimination you’re facing, you should talk to an experienced lawyer. He or she may help you bring a discrimination lawsuit against your employer.
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