Title VII of the Civil Rights Act forbids employers from discriminating against job applicants and employees on the basis of race. Employment decisions made based off of stereotypes and assumptions about a person’s race are also banned. Racial harassment in the workplace was also outlawed by Title VII. Though illegal, employment and workplace discrimination is still alive and well in many offices around the country.
If you’ve been denied a career opportunity because of your race, there is hope. Our team is committed to representing employees in Title VII proceedings in both federal court and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Deadlines are important, though – be sure to schedule your consultation as soon as possible to avoid missing out on your opportunity for justice.
Race/Color Discrimination in the Workplace
Race discrimination in the workplace involves treating an applicant or employee unfavorably due to the their race or the color of their skin. This type of discrimination also includes a situation where a person is being treated unfavorably because they are married to a person of a certain race or skin color.
The law strictly forbids race/color discrimination in any aspect of employment, including: hiring, firing, job responsibilities, pay, layoff, promotions, benefits, and training.
Harassment in the Workplace
It is against the law to harass an applicant or employee because of their race or skin color. Harassment is a broad term that covers a variety of situations. For example, this could include a racial slur or making derogatory remarks.
The harasser can be a victim’s boss, coworker, or somebody who is not employed by the company, such as a customer.
Proving Racial Discrimination in the Workplace
In order to prove you’ve been discriminated against because of your race, you’ll need evidence. Some forms of evidence are obvious – a memo discouraging the hiring of Black applicants, for example. Others instances of workplace racial discrimination are less conspicuous. To prove you were discriminated against because of your race, you’ll have to prove a prima facie case.
Prima facie is Latin for “at first glance.” When filing this kind of lawsuit, you’ll have to prove four main facts:
- You’re part of a protected class.
- You were qualified for the job in question.
- You were denied the job, were terminated or demoted.
- The person who got the job or benefit was of a different race, or the company continued to search for qualified applicants.
Get Legal Help Now
Proving racial discrimination in the workplace can be incredibly complicated. An attorney can help you understand which forms of evidence can prove your claims and how to get it. Our team can help you gather evidence while also exploring your settlement options with your employer. Should negotiations fail, we can present your claims in court and fight for the best possible outcome. Schedule your confidential consultation today.
Attorney Cindra Dowd has successfully settled claims on behalf of employees. Having a dedicated and experienced litigator on your side can help you gain back what you have lost.
“Many people feel confused and helpless. They don’t know what to do and feel that they have no choice but to endure the situation. I have been working with victims for years to protect their rights and obtain compensation for the wrong they have suffered.”
Call today to set up a confidential consultation and begin exploring your options. These consultations are free and no-risk, giving victims the power to pursue justice if they desire.