Racial discrimination

Discrimination can come in many shapes, sizes and colors.  Literally.  Racial discrimination in the workplace is more common than we think.  Though it may not be as obvious as previous generations ago, there are still signs to look for and ways to prevent this form of discrimination.

How to identify racial discrimination:

Unless an employer or co-worker admits to the discrimination, it is often difficult to prove that it is going on.  However, there are ways to identify and prevent it from happening. During interviews, it is important to listen to the types of questions that are being asked.  If they pertain to the job and the candidates abilities then the interview is on the right track.  However if the questions veer toward the candidates race that is a sign that the person doing the interviewing is getting off track.  It may be a sign that there is discrimination especially if the candidate did not get the position.  Though that example is more obvious, other examples may be more subtle and the employers may not be aware that they are discriminating against another.

What to do if you are being discriminated against:

Look into the laws both on a state and a federal level.

State laws discussing discrimination in the workplace generally coincides with the federal law.  The main differences between the two are the procedures used and who is contacted to make the claim.

The federal law, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, specifically addresses racial discrimination.  In a few sentences, the law prohibits employers from:

  • failing or refusing tohire an employee based on their race;
  • firingordisciplining an employee because of their race;
  • paying an employee less or providing them fewer benefits on account of their race;
  • failing to provide benefits, promotions, or opportunities, to an employee because of their race; and
  • improperly classifying or segregating employees or applicants by race.

If you feel as though any of these may be applicable to you and your situation it is important to bring it to the attention of your employer and if further action is needed, to the attention of the state in which you reside and work.



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