Imagine you’ve been working at a Detroit manufacturing facility for years, and suddenly, you look around and notice that everyone you see at work is from one racial demographic. After looking deeper into the practice you discover that there could be a terrible reason why your black and Latino friends were denied their job applications and why you were denied the last several promotions: Job-related racial discrimination.
If it’s clear that your workplace has instituted a policy of racial discrimination that it applies to hiring, pay, promotions and other work-related decisions — and you have been hurt by this policy career-wise or financially — you might want to look into whether you can stand up for your legal rights in court.
One of the best first steps for any victim of job-related discrimination is to speak with an experienced employment discrimination attorney. An attorney will clearly educate you on your legal rights and options while providing advice for protecting yourself against retaliation if you’re concerned that complaining about the discrimination will result in a negative employment consequence.
There are two things that every victim of employment discrimination needs to remember:
(1) Federal law protects you from being retaliated against for complaining about employment-related discrimination, even if a court rules that your complaints are unfounded.
(2) It’s not always easy to prove racial and other types of employment discrimination, so it’s important to be strategic in the way you gather as much evidence of the discrimination as possible.
If you or a loved one has been victimized by racial discrimination at work, seek out help from a Detroit attorney that can help you assert your legal rights.