When you get your first “big” job, you feel confident, secure, and ready to take on the world. You know you were hired for a reason and you are ready to commit to whatever projects to start working on your reputation around the office. You plan how you look and you are genuinely interested in getting to know the people around you. You have been through situations before where you faced racial discrimination, but that was at a bar or a social event; a place where you expected to feel some tension. Now at your job, shouldn’t everyone feel equal? You start to notice some concerning behavior and you may start to think that you are crazy. Trust, us: you aren’t crazy. Workplace discrimination is still very prevalent and you don’t deserve it.
In 1965 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was created to ensure the equal treatment of an individual in the workplace regardless of race, gender, national origin, age, sex, religion, or ability. Even though we would like to think of society has moved beyond racial barriers, we know that it hasn’t. There are studies that have proven that racial and sexual discrimination still exist, especially in the workplace. For example, in a 2012 study by Rutgers University, 28% of African Americans and 22% of Hispanics and Latinos have experienced blatant racism in the workplace. This kind of harassment can lead to emotional and physical damages.
For example, an African American man sued the steel plant he was working for $25 million. The gentleman dealt with a series of incidents from 2005-2008 which left him physically and emotionally ill. In one instance, he found a stuffed monkey with a noose around its neck on his car’s side mirror. This is blatant racism. This incident was intentionally to target a specific person.
Do NOT be okay with this behavior. Our Employment Attorneys at JML Law take workplace racial discrimination claims seriously. We understand that your reputation, income, and future depends on your job. We know that this behavior cannot and should not be tolerated. If you feel as if this is happening to you, please call us or click here for a free consultation. We are here to listen to your story and help you.
When you enter your 9-5 job you want to feel safe and secure. You don’t expect to encounter these horrific situations because of the color of your skin. Racial discrimination can also be determined by immutable facial hair or other appearances that uniquely identify people to a certain ethnicity or various lineages. Any type of workplace violation of this kind is in violation of Title VII and the Civil Rights Act. If you start to suspect that you are receiving questionable treatment in relation to your race call us at 818-610-8800 for your free consultation.