Your race shouldn’t prohibit you from success.
In 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released the race discrimination statistics showing that 31,027 race discrimination charges were filed. Out of the 31,027 charges filed, 22,696 or 74.4% had no reasonable cause, 2.1% had reasonable cause, and 2,610 or 8.2% charges filed received settlements. The EEOC collected $88.4 million from employers that violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 states that no one shall be discriminated against based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, citizenship status, disability, or genetic information. Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and employer cannot execute any of these actions based on your race:
- Refuse or fail to hire you
- Fire or discipline an employee
- Refuse to provide an employee with a pay raise, promotion, or benefits
- Pay an employee less
- Segregate employees
While we know that race discrimination is illegal, the numbers from the EEOC shows that it is still a continuing issue in the workplace. If faced with discrimination in the workplace what can be done?
Steps to Consider When Facing Race Discrimination
- File a Discrimination Complaint – Usually a company has a harassment or discrimination policy in place. If they don’t, speak to HR about how you can file a race discrimination complaint. When you file a complaint with your employer it alerts them to the problem and gives them a chance to properly address the situation. Filing a complaint is proof of the discrimination you faced, and protects you when you file a lawsuit.
- Document the Harassment – Keep detailed notes of the harassment. Write down the day, time, what was said, what was done, and if there were any witnesses to this harassment.
- Keep Evidence – If there is any physical evidence of the discrimination you’ve faced – keep it! Pictures, notes, emails, etc. As long as it’s not company property, keep it. If it is company property – take pictures!
If you suspect that you’re being discriminated against because of your race or color, it’s important you contact the Law Offices of Thomas More Holland. At TMH Law, we’ll be able to assess your work situation, make you aware of your rights, and develop the best legal plan for moving forward.
Filing a race discrimination lawsuit can be a delicate situation. You need an attorney that is experienced in employment discrimination lawsuits, but provides you with the compassion and understanding you need during this stressful time. At the Law Offices of Thomas More Holland, you’ll experience a legal team that cares about you and your case and fights tenaciously for your rights. Contact TMH Law today!
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