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What Is Race Discrimination?

What Is Race Discrimination_

Workplace discrimination that is based on an employee’s race is illegal under state and federal law. Treating an applicant or employee unfavorably due to personal traits such as specific facial features, hair texture, skin color and tone are common examples of racial discrimination at work.

This type of discrimination also is prohibited when it is targeted toward those who are married to or are otherwise associated with individuals of a minority race. Discrimination can also happen when a victim and perpetrator are of the same race and ethnic background. If you have been discriminated against based on your race or the race of your loved ones, the employment law attorneys at Swartz Swidler might be able to help.

Racial Discrimination Laws

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act was enacted in 1964 and forbids racial discrimination at work. Despite this law being in place for nearly 50 years, discrimination is still pervasive. The racial discrimination definition is unfair treatment or bias that is directed against an individual or group of individuals based upon their race.

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Racial discrimination in the workplace may take many forms. Any operational decisions based upon race, including the hiring process, income opportunities and room for advancement, are examples of racial discrimination. For example, it is unlawful if a restaurant owner refuses to hire minority races for front of the house positions.

Racial Discrimination Facts

In many cases, racial discrimination in the workplace must be proven by using indirect evidence rather than direct evidence. This is because employers are less likely to act in overtly discriminatory ways. A company having a history of not promoting minorities to management level positions is an example of indirect evidence of racial discrimination. A chief executive officer sending out a mass email to upper management stating all minorities should be kept in job positions out of sight of customers is an example of direct evidence.

Get Help From An Experienced Discrimination Lawyer

Proving racial discrimination in the workplace is not easy in most cases, and you might benefit by seeking legal help. There is a maze of state and federal laws that may apply to your situation. Obtaining legal counsel might maximize the resources available to effectively build your case. If you believe that you have been the victim of workplace racial discrimination, the experienced attorneys at Swartz Swidler might be able to help you to recover damages.

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While it is true that every case is different, The law is pretty clear in most cases. The best way to determine if you have a case is to contact one of our attorneys. For more information check out the FAQ below or visit our FAQ Page

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Cherry Hill Headquarters

1101 Kings Hwy N
Suite 402
Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08034

Phone: (856) 685-7420
Fax: (856) 685-7417

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123 South 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Phone: (215) 995-2733