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Racial discrimination in the workplace is not only unethical and unfair, but it is also illegal. Despite racial discrimination being against the law on both a state and federal level, the practice of treating employees differently based on race and racial characteristics is still widely practiced in today’s work environments.

Racial characteristics include, but are not limited to, national origin, ethnicity, and physical characteristics such as skin color, body features, or accents. Additionally, racial discrimination can also occur when an employee is perceived to be a certain race or ethnicity by their employers or coworkers.

If you feel you have been harassed or discriminated against based on your race or ethnicity, the attorneys at Shegerian & Associates can help you stand up for your rights and file a lawsuit against your employer and all other perpetrators of the discriminatory actions.

Filing a Claim with the CRD or EEOC

Racial discrimination is in violation of state and federal law. If you think you’re a victim of racism in the workplace, the first step toward making a formal legal complaint is to file a charge with the California Civil Rights Department (CRD), which is the state agency that handles complaints of racial discrimination.

You may also be able simultaneously file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal government agency responsible for addressing racial discrimination claims in the workplace. However, because the state of California offers broader protections against discrimination, most employees choose to file a complaint with the CRD.

Once you file a claim, the agency will investigate your charge to determine whether it should take action in the case. If you want to file a lawsuit against your employer, you are required to exhaust all other legal remedies first.

You can either wait until the CRD investigates the claim to give you a right to sue, or your attorney may obtain an immediate right to sue without having to wait for the administrative process first. In general, you have 3 years from the last incident of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation to file an official complaint with the agency.

Filing a Lawsuit Against Your Employer

In California, it is your civil right to seek and hold employment regardless of your race, color, ethnicity, or national origin. If you were discriminated against based on one of these characteristics, you also have the right to file a civil lawsuit against the employer for unlawful discrimination. It is recommended that you contact an employment attorney if you believe you have been racially discriminated against in the workplace.

  • An employer in California cannot refuse to hire you based on your race or ethnicity. Employment discrimination based on race or ethnicity is a violation of both California state and federal law. Racial discrimination can take on many other different forms, including when an employer:

    • Refuses to hire or interview a job applicant
    • Demotes, lays off, or fires an employee
    • Discriminates against an employee in terms of the conditions of employment
    • Pays an employee less or offers them less benefits
    • Denies a promotion to a qualified employee
    • Forces an employee to quit
    • Harasses an employee (or allows someone else to) based on race that may include racial slurs, offensive jokes, derogatory statements, or displays of racially offensive symbols
    • Creates a hostile work environment that may include workplace bullying
    • Refers to you in a derogatory way or by a color, such as white, black, brown, yellow, or red

    Racial discrimination includes race and ethnicity, as well as perceived race and ethnicity. Generally, any type of unfair treatment based on these characteristics is considered an illegal form of discrimination. This includes treating you unfairly based on:

    • How you look
    • Where you were born
    • Your heritage or national origin
    • Your physical characteristics, such as your skin color, hair color, hair texture, hairstyle, eye color
    • Your cultural or linguistic characteristics
    • Your tribal affiliation
    • The national origin of your spouse, friends, or family
  • Federally, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act makes racial discrimination illegal in the workplace in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Passed in 1964, the Civil Rights Act was one of the major achievements of the civil rights movement in the 1960s aimed at achieving equality for African-Americans in all areas of society. However, because of the law’s broad wording it applies to all racial minorities, including those who identify as Latino, Asian or Native American.

    Title VII’s protections against racial discrimination at work apply to companies with 15 or more employees. It covers all aspects of employment, including hiring, firing, promotion, wages, and benefits. In general, any type of unfair treatment based on race is unlawful.

    Most states also have laws carrying even broader prohibitions against racism in the workplace. In California, the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) is statewide law that protects employees against discrimination if they work at companies with 5 or more full-time or part-time employees. Unpaid interns are also considered employees in the context of discrimination laws.

    Additionally, laws protecting against racial discrimination are not limited to just employers. They also apply to labor unions and labor organizations, which means that individuals cannot be excluded or expelled from membership based on race. To learn more, you may consult with a race discrimination lawyer.

  • Racial discrimination can take many forms. Discrimination at work is sometimes blatant, open and obvious, while other discrimination can be more subtle and nuanced. While this type of racial discrimination may be more difficult to prove, it is considered illegal. Today, unconscious bias and prejudice figure highly into cases of racism in the workplace.

    There are some signs that may indicate that your employer or potential employer is taking discriminatory action against you based on your race or ethnicity. This may include asking improper questions during an interview process or during the course of your employment regarding your:

    • Nationality
    • Heritage
    • Place of birth
    • Ancestry
    • Parents’ ancestry
    • Cultural heritage
    • Background
    • Language ability, if not relevant to the scope of your job duties

    Additionally, some signs of racial discrimination at work may include:

    • Sudden changes in job performance reviews
    • Exclusion from meetings, events, or hangouts
    • Promoting certain employees based on race
    • Failing to stop jokes regarding race in the workplace
    • Retaliating against employees who report racial discrimination
    • Job segregation, which entails putting employees of different races into different types of jobs
    • Failing to consider or hire certain job applicants because of their names
    • Different rule enforcement based on race
  • If you believe that you are a victim of racial discrimination at work it is important to contact an employment attorney. Speaking to an employment attorney is advisable because he or she will ensure you are taking all necessary steps to prove your discrimination case. There are several ways that you can build a strong case for racial discrimination, including:

    1. Keep a record of any discriminatory incidents, including the date, time, location, and details of what happened. Save any emails, texts, or other documents that support your case. These will be considered as documentary evidence.
    2. Talk to coworkers, supervisors, or human resources representatives who may have witnessed or heard about the discriminatory behavior. Document any conversations you have with these individuals.
    3. Consult with an experienced employment law attorney who can advise you on your legal rights and help you build a strong case.
  • The specific damages you may receive depend on the circumstances of your case, but they may include:

    1. Back pay and front pay. Back pay is compensation for lost wages and benefits that you would have earned if you had not been subject to discrimination. Front pay is compensation for future lost wages and benefits.
    2. Compensatory damages. These are damages that compensate you for the emotional pain, suffering, and mental anguish caused by the discrimination.
    3. Punitive damages. These are damages that are intended to punish the employer for the discriminatory conduct and to deter future discrimination.
    4. Attorney's fees and court costs. If you win your case, your employer may be required to pay your attorney's fees and court costs.
    5. To know more about the damages that you can recover, consult a racial discrimination lawyer.

Call Shegerian & Associates to Assert Your Rights

If you’ve suffered racial discrimination at work, you need a skilled employment law attorney. Anti-discrimination laws, and the EEOC process, are very complicated, with strict rules and deadlines.

Shegerian & Associates has years of expertise and a 98% win rate with our experienced racial discrimination lawyers. We charge on a contingency basis, which means you don’t pay a thing unless we win a cash verdict or settlement for you. The initial consultation is free. Everything is free. We do it this way so that more people can access the legal system. That’s why we have one of the best reputations in California: We serve everybody, no matter what your job is or how much money you make.

You don’t have to put up with racism in the workplace. Contact Shegerian & Associates today to learn your rights and options during a free case evaluation. Our racial discrimination lawyers will assist you in every step of the legal action.

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