Newark, New Jersey Racial Discrimination
Racial discrimination is odious and has no place in the modern workplace. Fortunately, employees who have suffered racial discrimination in all aspects of employment can file a discrimination charge and seek compensation. Although you might be shocked to have been treated so offensively, you should gather your evidence and reach out to a Newark workplace discrimination attorney as soon as possible.
What is Race Discrimination in Employment?
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act identifies race as a protected category for employment. All races can be discriminated against. Also, you might be discriminated against for reasons closely related to race, such as national origin or color, which are also protected characteristics. Title VII also protects against discrimination based on certain characteristics associated with your race, such as hair texture or facial features.
Title VII protections apply to all aspects of employment, including:
- Job advertisements
- Job referrals
- Job assignments
- Pay and benefits
- Terms and conditions of employment
- Hostile work environments
Racial discrimination can also exist when a procedure or policy appears race neutral but disparately impacts different racial groups. Policies and procedures that have a disparate impact must be job-related and justified by business necessity.
Some Myths about Racial Discrimination
Some people do not report racial discrimination because they do not understand the law. Some of the more common myths we hear include:
- I was not discriminated against because I wasn’t fired. This is false. Racial discrimination includes any negative action taken because of race, as well as harassment based on race. Harassment can include negative comments, putdowns, epithets, and offensive jokes that are frequent and severe.
- I wasn’t racially harassed because it wasn’t my supervisor who made offensive comments. This is false. Any employee can engage in racial harassment, not simply supervisors. In some circumstances, even customers or vendors can engage in harassment.
Instead of assuming you do not have a case, meet with a Newark workplace discrimination lawyer to review the surrounding circumstances.
Demand Protection of Your Rights
If you suspect that you have been discriminated against because of your race, you have the right to complain to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). You can also complain to the state’s Division of Civil Rights. If you file with one agency, you can request that it share your complaint with the other.
The key to a successful racial discrimination case will be evidence. No employer wants to admit that it has discriminated on the basis of race, so you will need circumstantial evidence that race was the motivation, or that an allegedly neutral policy or practice has disparately impacted people based on race or color. Write down the substance of any racist comments you heard, including the date and time. Also, identify any witnesses to racial incidents.
Hire a Newark, NJ Racial Discrimination Lawyer
As one of New Jersey’s premier employment law firms, Sattiraju Law Firm has handled all sorts of discrimination cases in the state. Our team of employment lawyers has represented workers and consulted with employers accused of discrimination. Few firms of our size can match our depth or breadth of experience. Please contact us today to schedule your free consultation.