Are You Facing Race Discrimination in the Workplace?
There are laws and regulations at the federal level and at the state level that protect employees from race discrimination in the workplace. This means that it is illegal for your employer to discriminate against or harass you in any way because of your race or the color of your skin. It is important to specify that race discrimination can also happen between members of the same race, as different pigmentations of skin also exist within any given race, and race or color discrimination could occur between people lighter and darker skin colors, even within the same race and ethnicity.
There are many ways that race discrimination can present itself in the workplace. For example, your employer might compensate you differently or show preferential treatment to another race. You may be denied or skipped for promotion, refused certain benefits, paid less, refused rightful pay raises, or refused a title that you should rightfully hold. You may even be unfairly disciplined, fired, or denied employment when you apply for a job. Even a hostile work environment can be a race issue.
Yet, it is worthwhile to note that if you are facing race discrimination in the workplace, you will have to prove that this is the case to be successful in a race discrimination claim. This means that you must be able to establish that there is no valid seniority system, merit system, or other just cause for the way that you are being treated at work (or denied work). If you are facing race discrimination in the workplace and can prove or establish that this is so, then you are covered by the Missouri Human Rights Act and the federal Civil Rights Act.
Understanding the Different Forms of Race Discrimination
There are different forms of race discrimination that you’ll want to be aware of and to understand before you begin to pursue a claim against your employer. The two primary categories of recognized race discrimination include disparate treatment and disparate impact claims. In disparate treatment cases, there is intentional discrimination and a hostile work environment that is based on the race of the employee. In disparate impact cases, there are policies in place that result in race discrimination which may or may not be intentional.
What To Do When You Are Faced with Race Discrimination at Work
The first thing that you should do when facing race discrimination at work is to contact a race discrimination attorney from Cornerstone Law Firm. We will provide a free consultation to discuss the merits of your claim and the steps that need to be taken.
From here, we will help you to submit a claim to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. This can be a difficult and overwhelming process, but it is an essential step to take, and your attorney can make the process much easier and less complicated.