Racial discrimination in the workplace is illegal. If you feel that you’re the victim of racial discrimination at work, it is important to hire an attorney. Only then can you find out whether you can get recourse for the suffering you have endured. You should engage talented race discrimination lawyers to handle your case. The attorneys at HKM Employment Attorneys LLP are well versed in Virginia’s employment law and have decades of relevant experience.
Civil Rights Act of 1964
The primary act that makes employment discrimination illegal is the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The law prevents any unequal treatment based on race and applies to any business with 15 or more employees.
Title VII makes a hostile work environment or any discrimination based on race illegal.
What Constitutes Racial Discrimination in the Workplace?
Racial discrimination in the workplace refers to the unequal treatment of a person based on their race. Offenses that fall under racial discrimination include:
- Treating someone differently based on their race
- Refusal to promote
- Refusal to hire
- Unfair termination
- Denial of workplace benefit due to a person’s race
- Less access to benefits within the company
All the above instances of discrimination are illegal under Title VII.
Racial discrimination in the workplace can take many forms. For example, derogatory names, stereotyping of individuals based on their ethnic backgrounds, jokes based on racial groups, as well as racial epithets can be evidence of discrimination. Sometimes, even superficially positive remarks may qualify as discrimination at work.
If you have been subjected to racial discrimination at the workplace, you should contact our Arlington, Virginia employment attorneys to help you.
Racial Discriminatory Workplace Policies
Some workplace policies that cut across all employees can unintentionally be racially discriminatory. While the policies may not have been purposefully enacted to discriminate against some employees based on race, they may still be illegal under Title VII.
Historically, the courts have given employers more freedom on dress code. However, if a company’s dress code policy disproportionately impacts employees from a certain country or heritage, there may be grounds for filing a racial discrimination suit against the employer.
Contact HKM Employment Attorneys to help you navigate the delicate workplace discrimination space. We represent clients from Northern Virginia, including Alexandria, Fairfax County, Falls Church, and all points in between. We’ll ensure you get justice from an employer, whether you have been discriminated upon blatantly or subtly. Schedule a free consultation with our law firm to learn more about your legal options.