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Racial discrimination, applicable law and filing a complaint

On Behalf of | May 2, 2024 | Discrimination |

Unlawful discrimination in the workplace is a serious situation that requires serious attention and treatment. As such, state and federal rules were established to establish certain protections for employees.

Despite these established laws, discrimination unfortunately still occurs. Whether it is by an employer, potential employee or a colleague, it is important that employees understand their rights and options when it comes to addressing this matter.

Racial discrimination

If you are subjected to racial discrimination in the workforce, you should understand what laws you will rely on if you decide to move forward with a claim.

Discrimination based on race is often subtle and can be difficult to detect. It is unlikely that an employer will outright admit to race discrimination. And in the event that suspicions are made, they are likely to provide a basis for their employment decisions. Thus, it can make it more challenging to prove racial discrimination.

Nonetheless, if you suspect racial discrimination occurred in the workplace, it is important to understand the laws that apply. In other words, what federal and state laws were established to prohibit this conduct by employers.

Anti-discrimination laws

The Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the primary federal law that addresses racial discrimination in the workplace. It prohibits employers from firing, refusing to hire or taking other actions against an employee or potential employee based purely on their race.

State legislation also covers workplace discrimination. It often mirrors federal law, and the only difference are the procedures used when a complaint is filed and the agency where the claim of discrimination is made.

Filing a racial discrimination complaint can feel like an overwhelming and emotionally charged task because it is. Although it is a difficult experience, it is important to understand your rights when it comes to addressing racial discrimination. A legal professional can help you understand your rights and the procedure involved when a racial discrimination complaint is filed.