Ethnic Discrimination in the Workplace
Ethnic discrimination is illegal under federal and state laws. When your employer, CEO, supervisor/manager, co-worker, customer/client, or other non-employee decides to treat you unfairly or harass you because of your ethnicity, you have the right to fight back. You have the right to be compensated and the right to work in an environment that respects you for all that you are and the job that you do.
For over 25 years, we have helped our clients secure over $165,000,000 and we want to help you. We want you to know we are on your side and care about you. You can call us any time of day or night; any day of the week and we will be there for you in the way your employer was not. Contact us today for your free consultation.
Ethnic discrimination is based on race. People use the words race and ethnicity interchangeably. When an employer, CEO, supervisor, manager, co-worker, or non-employee treats you unfairly or harasses you because of your ethnicity or race, they are guilty of ethnic discrimination.
Some examples of ethnic discrimination would include:
- An employer refusing to promote you because you are not the physical image he wants to project of the company and its staff
- A co-worker making fun of your ethnic clothing
- An employer insisting you cannot wear your hair naturally because it is too ethnic
- Your supervisor denying you a raise unless you start to dress less ethnic and more mainstream
- Jokes made about the food you eat because it is not simple like pasta
- Comments made regarding your rituals or perceived rituals based on your ethnic background
- Jokes made about you being in a relationship with an ethnic person that you find offensive
- Being fired because you refuse to conform to a standard that belittles or degrades your ethnicity and culture
- Being demoted because you complained to HR about ethnic discrimination in the workplace.
- Being sexually harassed because your supervisor wants to be with an “ethnic woman”
When your rights have been violated, the law is on your side. If you are the victim of ethnic discrimination in the workplace, the law provides legal remedies to help you find justice and teach your employer this is unacceptable behavior. Some of these remedies may include:
- Reinstatement of employment and benefits
- Reimbursement of medical and other expenses
- Reviewing and revamping the company policies
- Back pay
- Future pay
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Punitive damages
Being targeted for your ethnicity at the workplace can wear you down. The long-term results of ethnic discrimination can cause you to be tired, angry and attack your self-esteem. Here are a few things you can do to start the process of getting the compensation you deserve.
1. Contact an experienced ethnic discrimination attorney immediately. Your attorney can guide you through the process and help ensure you meet all of the deadlines and statute of limitations set by the courts and EEOC.
2. Do not quit your job without consulting your Attorney. Your attorney can let you know what the consequences of quitting your job will mean for your case.
3. File a written complaint with HR immediately. Filing the complaint allows your employer to correct the problem. If that does not occur, the evidence of the ignored claim will help your case.
4. Follow any company policy regarding ethnic discrimination. By following the policy, you show the courts you are attempting to have the company correct the issue before you try to file a claim in the courts.
5. Collect all possible evidence. You must show the ethnic discrimination occurred and affected your work life. Gather documents and take notes regarding all incidents, including what occurred, who was involved, when and where it occurred, and whether there were any witnesses.
6. Do not waste time. You have a limited amount of time to file your claim with the courts and the EEOC. Do not wait until it is too late.
No one should be harassed or treated unfairly in the workplace because of their ethnicity. If you are the victim of ethnic discrimination, the experienced employment discrimination attorneys at the Derek Smith Law Group can help.
We have recovered over $165,000,000 got clients just like you, including a secured settlement in excess of $15,000,000 on behalf of a client. Contact us today at (800) 807-2209 for a free consultation. We do not collect any money until you win your case.