Racial Discrimination Laws

For almost 50 years, discrimination laws in the US have been in place to protect the rights and of all citizens. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provides protection from discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, gender and religion. These protections include racial discrimination in the workplace, and the states have similar laws as well. Unfortunately, these laws have not stopped workplace racial discrimination.

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, racial discrimination is the most frequently reported type of discrimination. Racial discrimination is a systemic problem that dates back centuries. It wasn’t until the later half of the 20th century that workplace racial discrimination was addressed in any meaningful way.

In recent years, the racial discrimination laws have resulted in numerous lawsuits by workers against their employers, resulting in many large companies having to pay damages for discriminatory work practices. Millions and millions of dollars have been paid out to compensate their victims of racial discrimination. The experienced racial discrimination attorneys at Swartz Swidler could be of invaluable assistance if you have been the victim of racial discrimination at your job.

What is workplace racial discrimination?

Racial discrimination can be committed in the workplace in a number of ways. A company may have a history of having never promoted a member of a protected class to management positions based on race. A company’s other operational decisions could be based on race. Policies may be implemented that disproportionately affect employees of a particular race.

If the employee can illustrate that a policy negatively and disproportionately impacts members of a particular race, a disparate impact lawsuit can be filed.

Contact Our Attorneys

Proving racial discrimination in the workplace can be difficult, and you may have trouble organizing and gathering evidence. You may benefit by seeking the help of an experienced discrimination lawyer who can guide you through the process. The attorneys at Swartz Swidler may help you throughout the process. Your lawyer may assist you with gathering the evidence that you will need, filing your discrimination charge with the EEOC and the corresponding state agency, negotiating in order to try to reach a settlement or litigating the matter through trial. Contact Swartz Swidler today to learn about your rights and how we might be able to help in your case.