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Does Racial Discrimination Still Exist in the Workplace?

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Even today, racial discrimination still exists in the workplace and is often subtle. Here's how to spot racial discrimination and what to do about it: Refusing to Hire Based on Race If an employer only hires individuals of a certain race, he or she may be discriminating against individuals of other races. In some cases 

Even today, racial discrimination still exists in the workplace and is often subtle.

Here's how to spot racial discrimination and what to do about it:

Refusing to Hire Based on Race

If an employer only hires individuals of a certain race, he or she may be discriminating against individuals of other races. In some cases, employers will outright suggest that they don't want to hire individuals of a particular race.

Prospective employees can use hiring trends to prove racial discrimination. Employers that continually hire less qualified applicants than applicants who are highly qualified, but are of a certain race, may be exhibiting discrimination.

Additionally, evidence of refusal to hire based on race may include an employer asking questions or making remarks about the prospective employee's race.

Failure to Offer Employees of a Certain Race the Same Opportunities and Benefits

Many employers will exhibit racial discrimination by refusing to offer employees of a certain race the same opportunities and benefits that they provide to the rest of their employees.

While it's easy at first for employers to give an excuse as to why they didn't promote a certain person, or aren't offering a particular benefit to a certain person, it can become clear over time that the employer is exhibiting racial discrimination if they continue the same behavior.

Disciplining Employees of a Certain Race

If an employer does not institute disciplinary action when an employee of one race breaks the rules, but does when an employee of another race breaks the same rule, he or she may be exhibiting racial discrimination.

While one or two instances of this behavior may be purely coincidental, a repeated history of these actions may demonstrate that racial discrimination is taking place.

Differences in Pay

One of the most common ways an employer can exhibit racial discrimination in the workplace is by paying different wages to employees with similar responsibilities and are members of different races.

What to Do If You're Discriminated Against

Being discriminated against in the workplace because of your race is frustrating, and it is illegal. You can take action now to protect your rights under Pennsylvania law by contacting a Pittsburgh racial discrimination lawyer today. Sean A. Casey, Esq., has the skills and experience to provide you with zealous legal representation. Call today for a consultation at (412) 201-9090 or toll free at (888) 658-0041.

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