Both federal law and California law strictly prohibit race discrimination in the workplace Unfortunately, it still occurs across numerous industries in our state.
Do you believe you’ve been mistreated at work due to your race? If so, you may have grounds to take legal action. Learn more by reviewing your case with a Glendale race discrimination attorney at the Law Offices of Eric A. Boyajian.
Workplace racial discrimination can take many forms. The following are among the more common:
Additionally, race discrimination may occur in the workplace when an employer overlooks harassment being perpetrated by one’s coworkers. For example, an employer might allow a worker to be subject to:
Be aware that these aren’t exhaustive lists. If you believe you’ve been the victim of racediscrimination at work, but the specifics of your situation aren’t described here, it’s still in your best interests to review your case with a legal professional. A Glendale race discrimination attorney at the Law Offices of Eric A. Boyajian can determine if you have grounds to take legal action.
Race discrimination comes in two general categories: disparate treatment and disparate impact.
Disparate treatment race discrimination occurs when an employee is overtly treated differently or unfairly based on race. Disparate impact race discrimination occurs when a workplace policy has a negative impact on workers of a particular race, and which also serves no legitimate business purpose
This type of race discrimination was addressed in a Supreme Court case involving black workers at a power company who were unable to earn as much as many of their white coworkers. In that case, the black employees were assigned to a department whose highest-paying position was less than the lowest-paying position in the other departments wherein the white employees worked
To work in another department, an employee would have to meet certain criteria, such as having a high school diploma. In this setting at this time in history, many of the black workers hadn’t graduated high school, preventing them from moving up in the company.
The Supreme Court decided this was an instance of race discrimination because many of the positions in the higher-paying departments could reasonably be filled by workers who did not have high school diplomas. To this day, however, there are still instances of companies enforcing policies that don’t serve legitimate purposes but do unfairly impact certain workers.
You may file an action to hold an employer accountable if you’ve been the victim of race discrimination in California. Depending on the circumstances, you may seek financial compensation for certain damages you’ve incurred, or you may seek reinstatement to a jobyou’ve lost if you were fired due to your race.
Learn more about your options by meeting with a lawyer. A Glendale race discrimination attorney can assist you by:
At the Law Offices of Eric A. Boyajian, we’re committed to ensuring employers face justice when they commit race discrimination. Learn more about what we can do for you by contacting us online or calling us at 818-839-5969.