Every employee deserves a discrimination-free workplace. Unfortunately, racial discrimination remains prevalent in workplaces throughout the United States. If you have been discriminated against at work based on your race, you might consider pursuing a discrimination lawsuit against the perpetrator.
Racial discrimination in the workplace is when your employer, supervisor or co-worker treats you differently or less favorably based on your race or skin color. It is important to understand that racial discrimination in the workplace is illegal and can occur between individuals of different or the same races.
Here are some of the signs you should look out for if you suspect you could be a victim of racial discrimination in the workplace.
Workplace racial discrimination can start right during the hiring process. If you believe you have the right qualifications for the job and your interview performance was stellar, then you may struggle to understand why you did not get the job. If you strongly believe your race contributed to the job refusal, you may file a discrimination lawsuit against the said employer.
Denied promotion opportunities and benefits
An employer is allowed to deny you a promotion if they believe someone else has a better qualification for the role. What they cannot do is bypass you for promotion based on your race.
Employers cannot withhold mandatory benefits like retirement plans, annual and sick leaves or health insurance based on your race. If any of these happens, you should gather your evidence and file a discrimination lawsuit against the employer.
Harsh treatment at work
If your supervisors or co-workers are making insensitive racial jokes or slurs or physically harassing you based on your ethnicity, then you might consider documenting these incidents for purposes of filing a racial discrimination lawsuit against the offending parties.
Workplace racial discrimination remains a problem despite the advances that have been made against it in recent years. If you feel you are being discriminated against at work, it is in your best interest to take steps to safeguard your rights.