Employee Issue:

Race Discrimination

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating against applicants and employees based on color or race. The federal law applies to all areas of employment including hiring, firing, promotions, pay, training and other conditions of employment. The Act also bars companies from making employment decisions based on stereotypes about the skill or performance of particular races.

According to federal race discrimination laws, employers are prohibited from denying employment for the following reasons:

  • Marriage to someone of a different color or race
  • Association with people of different colors or races
  • Participation in an ethnic-based group
  • Attendance to a place of worship typically associated with certain races
  • Characteristics associated with a certain race, such as skin color or facial features

Federal law also prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of a condition which tends to affect one race more than another. For instance, because sickle cell anemia most commonly affects African Americans, an employment policy that excludes persons with this disease must be work-related and consistent with business necessity to be considered legal.

If you have been discriminated against at work because of your race or color, fill out our free case review form. A race discrimination attorney will evaluate your case and determine your eligibility for a lawsuit.

Racial Harassment

Federal law prohibits harassment based on race or color. Racist jokes, insulting remarks, ethnic slurs and verbal or physical conduct based on a worker’s race would be considered harassment if the behavior creates a hostile work environment or hinders work performance.

Employee Segregation

Under the Civil Rights Act, minority workers cannot be segregated from other employees or interaction with customers. The Act also bars employers from excluding minorities from certain jobs or grouping employees so that certain positions are mostly held by minorities.

Applications designed to reveal a potential employee’s race would be considered discrimination if the company excludes minorities from employment or certain jobs.

Hiring Process

Federal law prohibits employers from asking questions during the interview process which further discriminatory practices. For instance, employers cannot ask the following questions during the hiring process:

  • What is the color of your skin?
  • What language does your mother speak?
  • What nationality is your husband/wife?
  • What is your native language?
  • When did you receive citizenship?

Racial Discrimination Attorneys

If you suspect you were discriminated against at work based on your race, you may be eligible to pursue a lawsuit against your employer. To find out if you have a case, fill out the free form on the right. A racial discrimination lawyer can evaluate your claim quickly, at no cost to you.