Color Discrimination in the Workplace
Employment Discrimination Lawyers Helping Employees Find Justice for Color Discrimination in the Workplace for Over 25 Years
Color discrimination occurs when the color of your skin results in negative employment decisions. Color discrimination is not about race. It is about the color or tone of your skin. Federal and state laws prohibit discrimination based on color in the workplace.
As the victim of color discrimination, you may want to stand up to your employer. However, you may fear getting fired or other forms of retaliation. You deserve a lawyer who will help you stand up for your rights against any forms of retaliation or wrongful termination.
The color discrimination lawyers at the Derek Smith Law Group understand the pain and humiliation suffered by victims of color discrimination. Their expertise in employment discrimination can help you fight violations of your employment rights. They can advocate for you against workplace injustice and discrimination.
What Is Color Discrimination in the Workplace?
Color discrimination in the workplace occurs when an employee or job applicant is treated unfairly or harassed by an employer, CEO, supervisor/manager, co-worker, client/customer, or non-employee because of skin color, shade, or tone. Discrimination can occur between people of the same race or different races.
Some examples of color discrimination in the workplace may include:
- Your client refuses to work with you because she will only work with light-skinned black people.
- Your supervisor tells you that you cannot possibly be Middle Eastern because your skin is too light.
- Your manager refuses to give you certain shifts because you are “too dark for the clientele.”
- Your employer insists all Caucasian employees get spray-tanned to continue to work with customers.
- Your boss demotes you because he considers you too dark-skinned to represent the firm accurately.
These examples are only a small selection of how color can be used as a discriminating factor in the workplace. .Issues, such as creating a hostile work environment, wrongful termination, retaliation, and more, can result from color discrimination in the workplace.
As a victim of color discrimination, you need to work with an employment discrimination attorney who understands your story. Your color discrimination attorney should help you tell your story in court, helping others understand the violation you endured. The attorneys at the Derek Smith Law Group can represent you and help others hear your story as they should hear it.
What Laws Protect Your Rights as a Victim of Color Discrimination in the Workplace?
Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, color is recognized as a protected class. Therefore, discriminating against an employee or job applicant because of color is illegal under federal laws.
Your company must follow Title VII if they maintain 15 or more employees. You may file color discrimination claims with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Once the EEOC determines you have a case, they will issue a Right to Sue letter. This letter allows you to file your lawsuit in federal court.
State laws also prohibit color discrimination in the workplace. Under state laws, a company may need to have a few as one to 4 employees to provide you with protection from harassment and discrimination. You have the right to file your lawsuit with state or city agencies or file directly with local courts.
Before filing any claim, make sure your employer knows of the discrimination or harassment you endured. Give them the appropriate opportunity to correct the problem. Then, work with an experienced employment discrimination attorney, such as the color discrimination lawyers at the Derek Smith Law Group. These talented lawyers can help you determine the best way to proceed with your case.
What Are the Court Time Limits to File My Color Discrimination Claim?
The EEOC’s statute of limitations to file a color discrimination claim is 180 days from the incident’s date. If your state has a law prohibiting color discrimination in the workplace, the EEOC extends the statute of limitations to 300 days from the date of the last incident.
Each state provides different time limits to file your color discrimination claim. However, many states offer a reciprocal agreement with the EEOC. Therefore, if you file your claim for color discrimination in state court, it automatically gets filed with the EEOC, and vice versa.
Will My Color Discrimination Claim Take a Long Time to Settle?
The short answer is maybe. Depending on your case’s details and the willingness of your boss to settle the claim quickly and fairly, your case may settle within 4 to 6 months. However, if your boss is unwilling to settle the claim or your case is very complicated, the case may take many years to reach a settlement.
In some cases, your case may go through a jury trial, which can take several years until the court enters a final judgment.
What Remedies Are Available to Victims of Color Discrimination in the Workplace?
The courts want to help victims of color discrimination get the compensation and justice they deserve. You can petition the court for any of the following remedies:
- Reinstatement of employment
- Change in company policies
- Lost pay
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Punitive damages
The dedicated color discrimination lawyers at the Derek Smith Law Group can help you draft your request for relief to the courts. They will help you outline your damages and request the appropriate remedies to bring you closure.
Contact the Experienced Attorneys at the Derek Smith Law Group for Your Free Consultation
You have a right to work in an environment where color is not a deciding factor in employment. You deserve an advocate who knows the law and how it applies to your employment rights. The lawyers at the Derek Smith Law Group have helped many victims of color discrimination fight for their rights.
If you are the victim of color discrimination in the workplace, the experienced employment law attorneys at the Derek Smith Law Group can help. Contact us today at (800) 807-2209 for a free consultation. We do not collect any money until you win your case.