Racial Discrimination Attorneys

How Can I Prove Racial Discrimination Against My Employer?

At Swartz Swidler, our racial discrimination attorneys are very aware of the prevalence of color and race discrimination in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and throughout the United States. No one should have to deal with discrimination base on the color of their skin or their race while they are working. If you have been the victim of workplace discrimination, you have certain legal rights that Swartz Swidler may help you to pursue.

What is race or color discrimination?

People are protected from race discrimination in the workplace by multiple laws, including federally by the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Civil Rights Act of 1866. Each state also has its own anti-discrimination law. In New Jersey, it is the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. These laws prohibit employers from discriminating in hiring, interviewing, recruiting, demoting, hiring, promoting or in any other job-related action on the basis of a person’s race or color. The prohibitions include making decisions based on stereotypes, the person’s association with others of an ethnic minority or associations with ethnic groups or organizations.

Do you suspect racial discrimination?

Race-based discrimination occurs when an employer’s conduct is intentionally discriminatory. In addition, race-based discrimination occurs when a workplace policy that appears on its face to be neutral has an adverse impact on members of a certain race. This might include recruitment at events and in areas with few members of the racial minority, tests that are unreliable and that score people of specific races much lower than people who belong to the racial majority and others. If you suspect that you are the victim of race or color discrimination, you should start by reviewing your company’s policy and procedure about it. You should then follow the complaint procedure outlined in the policy, taking care to act quickly and to follow the defined protocols. Our racial discrimination attorneys at Swartz Swidler may help to walk you through the process.

How does the Civil Rights Act prohibit racial discrimination?

While Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees who work for employers with 15 or more workers, the Civil Rights Act of 1866 applies to all employers, no matter how many or how few employees that they have. Employers may not overtly discriminate against people based on race, and they may also not use policies that have disparate impacts on members of certain races or colors.

What to do if you believe you have been unlawfully treated?

If you have been unlawfully treated at your workplace, getting advice from the racial discrimination attorneys at Swartz Swidler is important. You should also make certain to complain according to your employer’s written procedures, and the complaint should be written and documented. Swartz Swidler may help you with filing complaints with the EEOC and your state’s agency. If you are given leave to do so by the EEOC, your lawyers may advise you about filing a race discrimination lawsuit against your employer.

Contact our New Jersey race discrimination lawyers

If you believe that you have suffered from workplace racial discrimination, acting quickly is important. The statutory deadlines for filing complaints with the EEOC and with the state agency are tight, lasting only 180 days. Contact the race discrimination attorneys at Swartz Swidler to schedule your consultation today to discuss potentially filing a race discrimination lawsuit.