Race Discrimination in the California Workplace
Racial discrimination can take place in a variety of ways in the workplace. It occurs when an employer treats an employee or job applicant differently from other employees based on his or her race. It may be direct or indirect and may involve harassment. Racial discrimination can occur during the hiring process, when deciding compensation, considering promotions, or assigning duties to employees. It is important to identify signs of racial discrimination to protect your rights as an employee.
Racial discrimination is a common form of employment discrimination. According to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in 2011, there were a total of 35,395 discrimination complaints nationwide. Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees or potential employees based on their race or color, national origin, religion and religious practice, and sex. Unfortunately, racial discrimination still occurs every day.
Types of Racial Discrimination
- Assigning employees certain duties based on race.
- Classifying employees based on race or limiting shifts or positions based on their race.
- Creating a discriminatory work environment for employees by making racial jokes, comments, or even threats.
- Compensating employees less based on race.
Racial discrimination can also occur even before a person is hired. If an employer decides to not hire a potential employee based on his or her race, they have been racially discriminated against.
Racial discrimination can be directed at a particular individual or may occur when a company institutes a policy that disproportionately affects members of a particular racial group.
Compensation for Victims of Racial Discrimination
If you have been the victim of racial discrimination on the job, you may have a claim for
• Lost wages and benefits
• Loss of future earning potential
• Emotional distress, pain, and suffering
• Punitive damages
• Attorneys fees
San Diego Employment Law Attorneys Help Fight Racial Discrimination and Harassment
If you have been a victim of racial discrimination or harassment, the San Diego labor law attorneys at Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck, LLP can help. The law firm of Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck has years of experience in handling employment cases and the knowledge and experience necessary to protect your rights as an employee in cases involving all kinds of employment discrimination and harassment in California.
At Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck, we put our client’s interests first and provide competent and caring legal representation for those affected by racial discrimination at work.
Call today for a free consultation to discuss the steps that need to be taken to pursue your claim.