Racial Discrimination is one of our country’s most shameful legacies. Sadly, and despite the decades of civil rights movements and legislation against it, racism continues to be the cause of discriminatory, negative, and sometimes violent actions taken in our communities and in our workplaces. Discrimination against an employee or applicant based on the color of their skin or national origin, isn’t just un-American – it’s illegal.
If you feel you have been fired, harassed, or overlooked for a promotion or as a job candidate, we at Skilling O’Leary are here to stand up for your rights and help restore justice in the workplace.
How Would I Know I’m Being Discriminated Against?
Some acts of racial bias are obvious: an offhand comment about skin tone, racist joke, or outright display of demeaning images associated with members of a certain race. Other times, racial discrimination is not so obvious. You may be a victim of racial discrimination if you notice:
- You have worked for a company for several years, and most of the staff and new hires lack diversity.
- You apply for promotions but are overlooked in favor of candidates of a certain race.
- Your management and senior staff make comments about being uncomfortable doing business with people of certain ethnicities.
- You are constantly given assignments in minority neighborhoods because it is assumed you’d be more comfortable there.
- Your job classifications and pay remains stagnant while other colleagues have steady increases in job responsibilities and pay.
Racial discrimination can even occur between people who are from the same ethnic background or have similar skin tones. This makes it no less illegal.
Your Rights Under the Law
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a federal law prohibiting employers from discriminating against individuals based on race, the color of their skin or their national origin. The law also forbids discriminating against an individual whose spouse is of a certain race, national origin or skin tone, or who may be associated with or members of ethnic-based organizations.
In California, the Fair Employment and Housing Act also prohibits employers from hiring, firing, promoting, demoting, denying medical benefits or family leave, and harassing workers based on race.
It is unlawful for an employer to ask questions that may disclose a person’s race and use this information as the basis of whether or not to hire an applicant. Your employer may not segregate the office or isolate you due to your ethnicity, race or skin tone. They may not establish policies that enforce racial discrimination. Any of these actions are grounds for a racial discrimination lawsuit.
How We Can Help You
At Skilling O’Leary, we believe that all employees and applicants should be judged on the merits of their work and the qualities of their character – not the color of their skin. We understand the nuances of discrimination law and the excuses employers use to cover their unethical business practices.
We’d like to help you seek the justice and respect you deserve. Contact us today by calling (619) 500-4027 or (720) 330-9000. There’s no obligation to you.