Race discrimination occurs when individual applicants or employees are treated differently based on their race, color or characteristics associated with race. Race discrimination also involves treating individuals unfavorably because of their relationships or affiliation with a certain race. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a federal law protecting individuals from discrimination in employment based on race, making it illegal for employers to discriminate against individuals because of their race in “hiring, firing, discipline, distribution of benefits, promotion, compensation, job training, or any other term, condition or privilege of employment.”
All aspects of race discrimination regarding employment are illegal, as well as harassment that is fueled by race discrimination. Harassment may include racial slurs, derogatory or offensive comments about a person’s race or color, or displaying racially-offensive symbols. Employment policies or practices that apply to everyone, regardless of race, can also be illegal, if they have a negative impact on the employment of people of a particular race and is not necessary to continue the operation of a business.
Two types of claims can be made regarding race discrimination; disparate treatment discrimination claims and disparate impact claims. A disparate treatment claim alleges that the employee was treated differently than other employees in the same or similar situations. For example, supervisors that only promote white employees. A disparate impact claim alleges that the employers/companies policy or practice has a negative impact on a particular race.
If you believe you or someone you know are victims of race discrimination in your place of employment, contact Darfoor Law Firm to discuss your rights and possible legal action. Call 1-833-DARFOOR for a free consultation.