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What does racial discrimination look like at work?

On Behalf of | Jul 3, 2023 | Discrimination |

Joining the workforce presents many challenges, some of which exist to help workers advance in their chosen careers. However, some obstacles might be unnecessary but impede workers from doing their jobs. Fortunately, the law protects against these hurdles, such as racial discrimination.

It is illegal for any entity or person to discriminate against employees or applicants. The law has safeguards against discrimination affecting hiring, promotion, training and other employment decisions. Employers should also have policies against this type of behavior. However, incidents of racial discrimination could be difficult to notice unless someone brings it up. Some are obvious, while others are subtle or hidden in mundane day-to-day operations.

The following occurrences could be unlawful due to potential racial discrimination:

  • Having racial preferences when sourcing applicants
  • Requiring specific educational backgrounds irrelevant to the job position
  • Imposing unnecessary knowledge or skill tests
  • Allowing race bias to influence work performance and flow
  • Basing employment decisions on racial stereotypes
  • Using race as a basis for employment and compensation terms
  • Physically segregating employees because of their race

Additionally, discrimination could happen due to other factors, such as religion and cultural background. Federal employment laws also apply in these settings. Employers should address discrimination in compliance with anti-discrimination policies.

Addressing discriminatory behavior and tendencies

It is never fun to experience discrimination at work. The law acknowledges these struggles and allows victims to take legal action if they have evidence of discrimination. Some incidents could exhibit apparent discriminatory behavior. However, some are subtle and require more thorough investigations.

Employees could contact their employer’s Human Resources representatives to report these incidents. They could proceed with the proper legal action if they fail to receive a satisfactory response or resolution. Doing so could help make the workplace a safer and more inclusive place for all.