Race Discrimination

Race Discrimination in the Workplace

Make no mistake about it, race discrimination remains prevalent in today’s workplace. Workers are still frequently treated differently than their peers because of their race or skin color. This bias can be both conscious or implicit. People do not just check their racial stereotypes and inappropriate presumptions at the door when they come to work. Implicit bias—subconsciously harboring racial bias—is even more common, and just as dangerous and devastating to impacted workers.

Workplace race discrimination is outlawed in two important federal laws. The first such law is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which makes it illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of race. Title VII also forbids racial harassment. The second relevant law is Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866, which prohibits the same types of discrimination as Title VII, but offers a more generous statute of limitations and can also be used against small business discriminators. In fact, many employers that are practically immune from other types suits, like sex discrimination or age discrimination, can be liable for race discrimination because of Section 1981’s added protections.

Do I Have a Case?

What this means is that workers affected by race discrimination often have more legal protections than victims of other types of discrimination. Because of that, you should reach out for a consultation today, if you feel that you have been the victim of workplace race discrimination, submit a form or call us at 704.940.6399 or 864.516.7526.


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