Race Discrimination


What is Race Discrimination in the Workplace?

Race Discrimination in the workplace is not only illegal it is wrong. Racial discrimination occurs when an employer treats a person unfairly because of their race. Whether you are white, black / African American, Latino, Asian or middle eastern, no-one should have to deal with race discrimination in the workplace. The race discrimination laws are so much more protective of employees with respect to race discrimination in the workplace. For example comments or conduct that may not be considered race discrimination under the state or federal law, may be covered by the law.
Additionally, Race law even applies to people who are simply associated with someone of a particular race such as an employer who discriminates against an employee because the employee’s spouse is of a certain race.
Discrimination can occur even in the situation when the harasser is of the same race as the victim.
Any form of comments or conduct that relates to a person’s disability may be actionable. That is why it is important to call and discuss the particulars of your case.
Furthermore, it is illegal to retaliate against someone because they have complained about Race Discrimination.
Available remedies may include lost wages, emotional distress, punitive damages, and attorney fees.

Laws Prohibit Discrimination Based on Race or Ethnicity

Title VII prohibits intentional discrimination and racial prejudice as well as neutral job policies that disproportionately exclude minorities or put them at a disadvantage in the workplace. Title VII spells out how employers must treat workers of color compared to their entire workforce including the following rules:

  • Employers cannot discriminate against African Americans workers on the basis of medical conditions that predominantly affect them, such as sickle cell anemia unless it is a business necessity
  • Equal opportunity employment cannot be denied to any worker because of marriage to or association with an individual or group of a different race
  • It is unlawful to harass or offend workers of color by hurling ethnic slurs or making derogatory racial remarks or other conduct that promotes a hostile, intimidating working environment

If you have further questions or concerns about the above, contact our firm to speak with our discrimination lawyers.

Filing a Race Discrimination Complaint

It is illegal for an employer refusing to hire, failing to promote, terminating, paying less or otherwise treating a person differently based on an individual’s race.

In order to file a complaint, an employee has several options, they may:

  • File a complaint with their employer;
  • File a complaint with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, The New York State Division of Human Rights, or local board, such as the NYC Commission on Human Rights;
  • File a lawsuit; or
  • File a complaint with the State Attorney General’s Office.

This type of race discrimination is typical, and our experienced race discrimination attorneys at the Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC, will work tirelessly to protect your employment rights. Whether you are white, black / African American, Latino, Asian or middle eastern, race discrimination can happen to anyone. Our race discrimination attorneys will make sure you receive the justice you deserve.

Contact Our Experienced Race Discrimination Attorneys

If you feel you have been the victim of workplace racial discrimination or harassment in New York City, Miami, New Jersey or Philadelphia or if your employment rights have been violated, call us at 800-807-2209 for a free consultation to discuss your possible claim. Our attorneys are available to review your claims and prepare a solid case to recover the damages and justice you deserved.



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