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Laws Against Racial Profiling in California: Common Questions

In an important step toward upholding civil liberties of Californians, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a new racial profiling bill last October that seeks to eradicate racial bias across the state. While many people think we are living in a post-racial era, recent news headlines regarding the Black Lives Matter movement, and EEOC charge statistics show race discrimination is still a major problem. This is why the bill that Gov. Brown signed into law is such a crucial piece to battling race discrimination in California and beyond.

But what are California racial profiling laws, exactly?And can racial profiling occur in the workplace? This article will answer these common questions and more to help you understand your rights.

racial-profiling-laws-california-common-questions.pngIn an important step toward upholding civil liberties of Californians, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a new racial profiling bill last October that seeks to eradicate racial bias across the state. While many people think we are living in a post-racial era, recent news headlines regarding the Black Lives Matter movement, and EEOC charge statistics show race discrimination is still a major problem. This is why the bill that Gov. Brown signed into law is such a crucial piece to battling race discrimination in California and beyond.

But what are California racial profiling laws, exactly?And can racial profiling occur in the workplace? This article will answer these common questions and more to help you understand your rights.

Racial Profiling Laws in California

What is the definition of racial profiling?

The most common definition of racial profiling is when law enforcement uses a person's race or national origin as the primary reason for suspecting that he or she has broken the law. Though this definition is narrower, racial profiling can also take on a broader meaning to include certain types of race discrimination that occur in the workplace.

What are racial profiling laws in California?

Racial profiling law AB 953 enacts the Racial and Identity Profiling Act of 2015, which revises the definition of racial profiling to be in line with federal recommendations by including demographics such as race, national origin, and more. The law also requires California law enforcement agencies to collect and report data on all stops they make including the time, date, location of the stop, and the reasons for the stop.

While racial profiling law AB 953 is geared toward law enforcement officials specifically, federal and California employment laws offer protections to employees facing race discrimination at work which can include the broader term of racial profiling as related to unlawful employer behaviors. Both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), prohibit activity constituting race discrimination towards employees or job applicants who fall into any racial or ethnic group.

What are common signs of racial profiling or discrimination in the workplace?

If you are being subjected to any of the following negative behaviors by an employer due to your race, then you could be a victim of racial profiling and unlawful workplace discrimination. Contact an experienced race discrimination lawyer right away if:

  • A potential employer refused to hire you due to your race or ethnicity;
  • Your employer has singled you out for repeated drug screenings or investigations due to your race or ethnicity;
  • You have been denied promotions because of your race or ethnicity;
  • Your employer has increased your workload because of your race or ethnicity;
  • Your supervisor subjects you to negative performance reviews due to your race or ethnicity;
  • Your employer has demoted you because of your race or ethnicity;
  • You have been denied ongoing training due to your race or ethnicity;
  • You have been fired because of your race or ethnicity.

Racial Profiling in the Workplace: Additional Information

  • Governor Brown Signs Groundbreaking Data Collection Bill to Combat Racial Profiling via ACLU.org
  • Is it Okay for Restaurants to Racially Profile Their Employees? via Freakonomics.com
  • Racial Profiling: Definition via ACLU.org
  • Racial Profiling in the Workplace? via NashvillePost.com

Race discrimination in the workplace is illegal and our passionate California employment discrimination attorneys are here to fight for your rights. Contact us for a free consultation today.

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