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Race Discrimination in California: Facts Employees Should Know

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If you think you've been discriminated against in the workplace based upon your race or ethnicity, it may be a good idea to educate yourself before filing a racial discrimination or harassment complaint. Although discrimination in the workplace is unlawful, it still happens at alarming rates - nearly 100,000 private sector workplace discrimination charges are reported to the EEOC each year. Because racial discrimination can come in many forms - some obvious, and others less so - it can be difficult to determine whether or not your employer is engaging in unlawful discriminatory behaviors.

So, how do you know if you've been subjected to unlawful negative treatment by your employer due to your race or ethnicity?

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If you think you've been discriminated against in the workplace based upon your race or ethnicity, it may be a good idea to educate yourself before filing a racial discrimination or harassment complaint. Although discrimination in the workplace is unlawful, it still happens at alarming rates - nearly 100,000 private sector workplace discrimination charges are reported to the EEOC each year. Because racial discrimination can come in many forms - some obvious, and others less so - it can be difficult to determine whether or not your employer is engaging in unlawful discriminatory behaviors.

So, how do you know if you've been subjected to unlawful negative treatment by your employer due to your race or ethnicity?

This article will shed some light on what California employees should to know about race or ethnicity discrimination in the workplace, when it's wise to have an employment attorney file a racial discrimination complaint, and how to get the filing process started.

What is Race or Ethnicity Discrimination?

Activity constituting racial or ethnic discrimination in the workplace can come in many forms. This unlawful conduct could be directed at employees or applicants of any racial or ethnic group who are treated unfavorably or differently in the terms or conditions of their employment. Racial or ethnic discrimination can happen to someone who is actually of a certain race or ethnicity, or to someone who is simply perceived by coworkers or employers to be a member of a certain racial or ethnic group.

Race or ethnic discrimination can also come in the form of harassing behavior by an employer that pertains to personal characteristics associated with an employee's or applicant's race or ethnicity (hair texture, color, facial features, accent) if that behavior results in an adverse employment action such as write-ups or termination. Negative treatment at work can also occur if you are married to or associated with someone of a certain race or color, even if you yourself are not a member of the racial or ethnic group.

This type of negative, discriminatory treatment in the workplace can be anything from refusal to hire, unfair write-ups, demotions, decreases in pay, denial of overtime, changes in scheduling, or wrongful termination.

Signs You've Fallen Victim to Race Discrimination at Work

Under both California and Federal law, it is unlawful for your employer to subject you to adverse employment actions because of your race or ethnicity. In addition to that, if your employer creates or allows a hostile, abusive or intimidating work environment, the law protects you from this and other types of racial or ethnic harassment and discrimination as outlined below.

If you have been subjected to any of the following unlawful employer behaviors because of your race or ethnicity, you may want to seek assistance from an experienced employment attorney:

  • An employer refused to hire you because of your race or ethnicity
  • You have been verbally abused or insulted because of your race or ethnicity
  • You have been physically abused or threatened with violence because of your race or ethnicity
  • Your workspace has been damaged because of your race or ethnicity
  • You have been cyber bullied by your employer or coworkers because of your race or ethnicity
  • You have been unfairly disciplined by your employer because of your race or ethnicity
  • You have received negative performance reviews because of your race or ethnicity
  • You have been excluded from your project meetings because of your race or ethnicity
  • You have been denied ongoing training because of your race or ethnicity
  • You have been denied a promotion or raise because of your race or ethnicity
  • You have been denied benefits because of your race or ethnicity
  • Your workload has increased because of your race or ethnicity
  • Your hours have decreased or a your work shifts change suddenly because of your race or ethnicity
  • You have been terminated because of your race or ethnicity

How to File a Race Discrimination Complaint in California

If your employer has engaged in any of the aforementioned discriminatory or harassing behaviors, you may want to contact an employment attorney at Hennig Ruiz to discuss your options. If a race or ethnicity discrimination complaint is necessary, an attorney can assist you in complying with mandatory timelines and file a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing or the U.S. EEOC. Note that you should consult an experienced employment attorney to be ensure that your complaint is handled properly.

Call us for a free consultation and let the employment attorneys at Hennig Ruiz fight for your rights today.

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