Racial Discrimination at Work is Illegal
You deserve the same chances and opportunities at work as everyone else. A discrimination free environment is your basic civil right. If you suspect that you are being subjected to racial discrimination at work, your job might be at risk. Unless dealt with appropriately, discrimination will often escalate into a hostile work environment.
Protect yourself. Contact us for advice on what steps you can take that might save your job. While you might be caught in an employment dispute once or twice in your life, employers have a lot more experience in handling these issues and typically engage human resources or legal counsel for strategic guidance. You deserve the same guidance.
If you have been wrongfully terminated for discriminatory reasons, contact one of our attorneys immediately. You may be entitled to lost wages, front pay, as well as additional economic compensation for emotional distress and medical costs. To take advantage of all of your legal options, you must act quickly. California has strict deadlines for initiating legal action.
How Do I know if I Was Subjected to Racial Discrimination?
Although that race discrimination in the workplace is illegal, many employers continue to violate the law. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, for the past several years, charges of race discrimination have outnumbered all other types of discrimination.
California strictly prohibits employers from singling you out because of your race or skin color. Illegal race discrimination also includes treating a person unfavorably because of personal characteristics associated with race, such as hair texture, skin color, or certain facial features.
Demonstrating illegal discrimination is a challenge. Overt forms of discrimination – such as offensive remarks – are not as common in the present day workplace as subtle, passive aggressive forms of discrimination that are just as harmful. This is because employers often attempt to hide their discriminatory conduct under the guise of legitimate business decisions such as company reorganizations and layoffs to avoid liability. Pay special attention to whether there are true, legitimate business reasons justifying your employer’s “business decisions.”
While employers rarely make the mistake of putting a discriminatory reason in writing, discrimination can be proven with indirect and circumstantial evidence. Our Los Angeles attorneys can help you identify and gather persuasive evidence of discrimination to substantiate your potential claims against your employer. Otherwise, if it is just your word against your manager’s word, it might be difficult – if not impossible – for you to prove your claims.
For more information about California employment laws, please visit the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).