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The Facts About Race Discrimination in the Workplace

Posted by Eric Kingsley | Jul 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

Race discrimination occurs when an employer treats an applicant or employee unfairly on the basis of their race or characteristics associated with race such as hairstyle, skin color or facial characteristics. The Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibit race discrimination in the workplace.  The protections extend to prohibit discrimination against an individual who is married or otherwise associated with an individual of a certain race.

Race Discrimination in the workplace is prohibited in the following employment practices:

  • Employment advertisements for positions or programs.
  • Differential treatment in recruiting, hiring, termination, work assignments, title, promotion, salary, vacation/hours, or benefits.
  • Harassing an individual based on his or her race or of someone with whom the employee associates.
  • Retaliating against an employee or applicant who has reported a race discrimination complaint.

There are two types of race discrimination in the workplace

  • Disparate treatment – is the most obvious and includes when an individual is treated differently based on their race.
  • Disparate impact – occurs when an employment practice, standard or policy inadvertently results in negative effects to individuals of a certain race.

If you feel that you have experienced race discrimination or have questions about your situation at work, please call us. The attorney's at Kingsley & Kingsley are here to help you. You can reach us toll-free at 888-500-8469 to discuss your situation.

Additional Resources:

EEOC on Race Discrimination

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Eric Kingsley

In practice since 1996, attorney and firm co-founder Eric B. Kingsley has litigated complex cases and authored numerous appellate briefs in both state and federal court on behalf of the California law firm of Kingsley & Kingsley, including over 150 class actions. Mr. Kingsley concentrates his pra...

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