Federal and most state legislatures prohibit race discrimination at work. The federal statute known as Title VII, which forbids racial discrimination, has been in effect for almost 60 years. However, some companies still engage in racial discrimination because it still occurs more frequently than anyone would like to think. In actuality, it is the kind of discrimination that happens the most often and that workers complain to the Equal Opportunity Commission, the government body that upholds Title VII.
The cost of discrimination is enormous for both the individuals who are the victims of it and the organizations that enable it. This has been demonstrated through lawsuits in recent years, where huge corporations have been forced to pay large sums of money to reimburse victims of racial prejudice and to cover their guilt in fostering or permitting a hostile work environment to grow. Contact an Employment Attorney near me if you have faced improper workplace treatment.
What constitutes race discrimination?
Employers who base hiring decisions on a person’s race or who establish policies that appear neutral but disproportionately negatively impact people of a specific race are guilty of race discrimination. Race discrimination is illegal under federal but also most state laws in all aspects of employment, involving hiring, dismissal, raises, salary, job training, and severance.
Disparate treatment discrimination occurs when an employer targets candidates or workers of a specific race with less favorable treatment. Disparate impact discrimination occurs when an employer follows the same rules or procedures for everyone but places a heavier burden on workers of a certain race.
What is disparate treatment discrimination?
An employee filing a claim for differential treatment contends that because of their race, they were held to a different standard than other individuals in comparable circumstances.
What is disparate impact discrimination?
The worker does not allege that the business purposefully sought out workers of a specific race for poor treatment in a discriminatory effect case. Instead, the employee contends that the employer’s ostensibly fair policy, rule, or conduct adversely affects people of a specific race more than others.
Harassment in the workplace
Racial discrimination is also forbidden, as is harassment. Harassment is any behavior based on a person’s race that undermines their ability to execute their job duties or produces a threatening, dangerous, or unpleasant work environment. Racist slurs, jokes about a specific racial background, or physical behaviors significant to a particular race (such as displaying or posting an unpleasant image or object close to an employee’s office) are all examples of harassing behavior.