It is unlawful for employers across the country to discriminate against employees or job applicants because of their race. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), thousands of race discrimination claims are filed every year.
What Is Race Discrimination?
Race discrimination occurs when an employer makes job-related decisions based on an employee’s race. Federal and state laws prohibit race discrimination in every employment-related scenario. For example, an employer can’t make decisions based on a person’s race while hiring, firing, promoting, compensating, job training, or discipline.
Common forms of racial discrimination include:
- A demotion, lay-off, or outright termination;
- A refusal to hire someone;
- Denying or decreasing a person’s benefits, salary or wages, number of job assignments, promotion opportunities, or cases for additional training;
- Direct threats or generally unpleasant behavior that eventually force someone to quit; or
- Refusing to provide similar accommodation or treatment for someone of a different race or ethnicity.
There are few instances where race discrimination only occurs once; however, in most cases, employees face discrimination on a regular basis. It is important to keep a log of the date, time, and location where the incident took place. Also, take note of witnesses and what occurred when you experienced discrimination. This will help you prove that there is a pattern of unlawful racial discrimination.
If you believe you are being discriminated against because of your race, contact us for a free, no obligation consultation.