How To Respond To Racial Discrimination

Unfortunately, racial discrimination is still prevalent in today's society, although it may take more subtle forms than in the past.

Frequently, employees are subject to racial discrimination in the workplace, and their jobs may be affected as a result. Racial discrimination on the job can take a variety of forms, and is defined as any different action an employer takes against an employee based on the color of their skin.

What Constitutes Racial Discrimination?

Racial discrimination in the workplace is very broad, and there is no definitive list of actions that make up discrimination. However, the most common forms of racial discrimination include the following, based on an employee's skin color:

  • Refusing to hire an individual
  • Firing an individual
  • Leaving an employee out of merit raises
  • Taking disciplinary action against an employee
  • Harassing an employee or making jokes about race
  • Demoting an employee
  • Paying an employee less than others

Although hiring, firing and wage discrepancies are the most common forms of racial discrimination in the workplace, it can extend far beyond those. Any form of racial discrimination on the job is illegal, according to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, in addition to other federal and state ordinances.

What To Do If You Have Been Discriminated Against In The Workplace Due To Race

Proving racial discrimination in the workplace can be quite difficult. Most employers will not admit their refusal to give an employee a raise because of their skin color, or that they fired an individual for no other reason than their race.

Although you can file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for racial discrimination, it can take several months, or even years, for your claim to be addressed and for you to see a resolution.

Contacting a skilled racial discrimination lawyer should be your first step. An attorney can inform you of your rights under the law and can lay out your legal options for you based on your unique circumstances. Your lawyer can also assist you in gathering evidence of the discrimination, including pertinent or valuable documentation.

How To Contact Attorney Sean A. Casey

Attorney Sean A. Casey is committed to fairness in the workplace, and he zealously represents individuals who have been discriminated against because of their race. As an experienced attorney, he can assist you in standing up for your rights under federal and state law and achieving a positive resolution. Contact attorney Casey today in Pittsburgh at 412-802-9236, or contact him online.