Workplace racial discrimination is the treatment of a person, whether an applicant or an employee, with prejudice or bias based on the certain race or characteristics associated with the race. It can also mean being discriminated according to the color of the skin or physical traits and features. Race discrimination is not only directed to a particular person, but they can also be directed to people who are married to or just even associated with a person of a particular race or color, a person who is connected to a raced-based association or group.
The practice of workplace discrimination based on race is deemed unlawful. Title VII of the Civil Act of 1964 defends people against any type of workplace discrimination, particularly based on race, color, sex, religion, and national origin. This act protects applicants and employee from discrimination from hiring, compensation, promotion, training, or other employment privileges.
According to the website of New York law firm Cary Kane, LLP, companies can be held liable for any discriminatory act in their company, and around the United States many companies have already paid millions of dollars in compensation for employees who were subject of workplace discrimination based on race. It is the company’s responsibility to prevent such discrimination in the office, and address any complaint filed by their employees. Employers and companies, in general, are encouraged to follow the “best practices” in order to reduce the chances of workplace discrimination as well as to address burdens so that employment opportunities are made available to everyone.
For employee who believes they have been discriminated or harassed in the workplace due to their race should first report their concerns to their respective supervisors, and then file a complaint to their human resources department. It is important to have proper documentation of the harassment or racial discrimination. If the company has refused to act on the complaint, then the employee may then file a claim to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where the documented complaint will then be reviewed and investigated. It is important to file a claim with the EEOP first before filing a lawsuit against the employer. Different states have their own laws regarding workplace discrimination, therefore it helps to consult a lawyer who knows about discrimination laws.