Race discrimination is a big deal. If you have been treated differently at work simply because of your race or if you have been harassed because of your cultural heritage, you may have a claim for race discrimination.
Under Kansas Acts Against Discrimination statutes, employees have a right to work in an environment that is free of harassment or discrimination based on their age, sex, national origin, religion, or race. It does not matter what particular race the employees identify with or if it constitutes a majority or minority. Any unequal treatment based on race is against the law.
In addition to state laws, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces federal laws prohibiting racial discrimination. Every employer is bound to follow the law and make sure that the workplace is free from discriminatory practices.
Even if the discrimination is from a co-worker, your employer has a duty to put a stop to it as soon as it comes to his or her attention. You have a right to be protected and your employer has a duty to help you enforce this right.
If your employer or a co-worker has discriminated against you because of your race, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit against either of them for compensation. You may even file a lawsuit against your employer for discrimination of your co-worker if the discrimination had been brought to your employer’s notice.
Disparate Treatment and Disparate Impact
According to the Kansas Human Rights Commision, these are two terms that are key in identifying discrimination. Disparate treatment refers to any sort of unequal treatment between employees on account of their race. If you are treated differently from others in the workplace because of your race, then you are suffering disparate treatment.
Disparate impact refers to any policies or workplace regulations that have an unequal impact on employees of different races. If the workplace policy has more direct and unfair impact on members of one race over others, there may be a case for race discrimination.
Hostile Work Environment on Account of Race Discrimination
A hostile work environment is almost always caused by harassment. It occurs when a person has been harassed so often that performance in the workplace becomes difficult. If you are unable to work effectively or produce your optimal output because of harassment, you may be in a hostile work environment.
Harassment that may lead to a hostile work environment is usually repetitive and obvious. It could consist of discrimination or victimization on account of race.
Examples of Race Discrimination
- Unequal remuneration on account of race.
- Considering employees of one race first or last in promotion exercises.
- Unequal firing practices can also be discriminatory if some people of a particular race are preferred for discharged over others.
- Preferring members of one race for employment over others.
- Classifying or segregating employees by their race.
- Identifying employees by their race.
If you suffer any of the above instances of racial discrimination, get in touch with an employment lawyer in Kansas City.
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If you suspect you were denied employment or were harassed at your current job, on the basis of your race or ethnicity, take action and contact HKM Employment Attorneys.