Racial Discrimination in the Workplace
Race discrimination is illegal in the workplace under both state and federal laws. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) states that it is illegal to discriminate against someone based on race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. Further, it is also illegal to retaliate against a person for making or supporting a complaint of discrimination.
If you have been discriminated against in the workplace, you have legal rights. Our lawyers are here to offer the support and guidance you need.
Examples of Racial Discrimination in the Workplace
When a decision related to an employee’s employment position is made, in part or in whole, based on the person’s race, then race discrimination has occurred. Race cannot be a factor in employment decisions, including, but not limited to:
- Failing to hire;
- Failing to promote;
- Denying benefits;
In addition, racial discrimination also occurs when a person is the victim of harassment in the workplace that is based on race when the harassment leads to hostile work conditions.
Working with an experienced race discrimination lawyer is important. An attorney will know what types of evidence to look for to prove race discrimination, and how to approach your case. While these claims may be complex, Console Mattiacci Law can help you stand up for your rights and pursue a legal remedy.
Remedies for Racial Discrimination in the Workplace
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), when an act of racial discrimination occurs, the goal is to restore the discriminated person to the same position — or as close to the same position as possible — that they would have been in had the discrimination not occurred. For example, the employee may be reinstated to their former position if they were terminated as a result of race discrimination.
There may also be economic, compensatory and punitive damages recoverable. Economic and compensatory damages are designed to compensate the victim for their losses, and may include compensation for lost wages or loss of benefits, costs associated with a job search or other expenses related to the discrimination, and even compensation for emotional harm suffered.
Punitive damages, on the other hand, are designed to punish the employer for their wrongdoing.
Our Lawyers Can Help
If you are a victim of race discrimination in the workplace, you may be intimidated by the prospect of filing a complaint against your employer. Our lawyers are here to offer you the support and confidence you need to take action, and will aggressively advocate for your rights. Please reach out to our passionate race discrimination attorneys today to learn more about how we can assist you.