Edison Racial Discrimination Attorney
Racial discrimination in the workplace is prohibited by federal and New Jersey law. Despite this, racial discrimination occurs in workplaces throughout the Garden State and across the nation every day. When it occurs, employees and their families can suffer significant damages.
Racial discrimination can occur alongside other types of discrimination, like ethnic or religious discrimination, or it can occur alone.
Examples of Racial Discrimination
Racial discrimination comes in many forms, including:
- Subjecting employees of a certain race to harassment;
- Refusing to hire or promote employees of specific races;
- Segregating employees into different job titles or company branches based on race; and
- Disciplining employees of different races disparately for the same offenses.
How Racial Discrimination Hurts Careers
Racial discrimination in the workplace can lead to a qualified employee being passed over for a job, a raise, or a promotion. All of these can keep the employee from reaching his or her earning potential and shut him or her out of receiving valuable employment benefits. Beyond reducing victims’ lifetime earnings, racial discrimination hurts careers by:
- Making employees stressed, causing them to miss work and thus, miss wages;
- Causing victims to suffer emotional trauma, which can increase their risk of suffering from physical and mental ailments; and
- Creating workplace environments where racial discrimination is accepted. This just feeds the cycle of discrimination, hurting more employees’ careers.
What to Do When you Face Racial Discrimination at Work
Document everything. This includes relevant details of each discriminatory interaction you have and copies of messages that support your claim. This is the evidence you will use to support your claim.
Your first step should be to work with your employer’s Human Resources department to correct the problem internally. If you cannot fix the issue this way, discuss your right to file a discrimination claim with an experienced employment lawyer.
In addition to your right to file a racial discrimination claim, you have the right to support others’ discrimination claims with your testimonies. Facing a wrongful termination, harassment, or any other adverse action by your employer for exercising one of your workplace rights is an act of retaliation, which is also illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
You can file your workplace discrimination or retaliation claim with the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights or the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). By taking this action, you open your case to an investigation that can potentially lead to a settlement between you and your employer or, when this is not possible, a discrimination lawsuit.
Work with an Experienced Edison Racial Discrimination Attorney
If you have faced racial discrimination at work and suffered financial damages as a result, work with an experienced employment lawyer to pursue monetary compensation for your damages. Our team at The Sattiraju Law Firm, P.C. is here to answer your questions and help you move forward with your case. As one of New York and New Jersey’s premier employment law firms, we have secured tens of millions of dollars for previous clients.