When an individual is treated unfairly in his or her workplace on the basis of an unchangeable characteristic like his or her sex, age, race, or disability, he or she is a victim of workplace discrimination. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and other laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, prohibit discrimination in the workplace based on these and other characteristics. Violation of these laws is an act of discrimination that can cause the victim to face steep financial damages.
How is Race Discrimination Different from Other Forms of Discrimination?
Race is one of the protected classes named in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Race can be tied with an employee’s actual or perceived ethnicity, religion, or national origin, which can compound the discrimination issues he or she faces in the workplace. The term “race” refers strictly to an individual’s physical characteristics that denote him or her as having ancestors from a specific area of the world. When an individual faces race discrimination in the workplace, he or she faces discrimination based on these characteristics and the assumptions others make about him or her based on them.
Examples of Race Discrimination in the Workplace
Race discrimination can take many forms. Examples of race discrimination in the workplace include:
- Rude, embarrassing, pervasive comments about an employee based on his or her race. These can be about his or her appearance, perceived abilities, or assumed preferences;
- Failing to hire or promote individuals of a certain race or only hiring and promoting individuals of one race;
- Segregating employees based on race; and
- Treating individuals of certain races unfairly in the workplace, such as writing up certain employees for offenses that only warrant a warning when others commit them. Other examples include giving certain employees negative performance reviews based on their race and giving employees of different races different responsibilities despite them being in the same position.
- A workplace environment where workers of certain races, or who are immigrants, are repeatedly exposed to offensive jokes, threats, or racial epithets solely because of their race or national origin, and no corrective action is taken by management.
Your Rights as a Victim of Race Discrimination
You have the right to perform your job in a workplace free of discrimination and hostility. You also have the right to speak up about the discrimination you face by filing a discrimination claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). If you feel you have faced race discrimination in your workplace, take note of every instance you faced and compile them in a folder. Discuss your case with an experienced employment lawyer to determine if a discrimination claim with the EEOC is the best course of action for you. If you suffered financial damages as a result of the discrimination, you can potentially recover compensation for these damages through a settlement with your employer or a court ruling.
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