Tireless Representation For Victims Of Race Discrimination
Unfortunately, employers still discriminate against employees based upon their race. They treat certain races less favorably in terms of hiring, promoting, pay, disciplining, evaluating performance and more. This unfavorable treatment is often based upon employers’ biases and misconceptions about certain races, and application of employment policies that have a disparate impact on particular racial groups.
Racial discrimination in the workplace is strictly prohibited under federal and Ohio law. Employers are prohibited from treating employees (or applicants) less favorably because of their race, or because they present characteristics associated with a race (e.g., hair texture, certain facial features, skin color). It applies to almost all aspects of employment, such as pay, fringe benefits, hiring, firing, promoting, layoffs, training and job assignments.
Illegal Workplace Practices
While race discrimination in the workplace continues to exist today, evidence of such discrimination is not always obvious. Some situations that may provide evidence of race discrimination include:
- Employer treating an employee less favorably than employees from a different race
- Managers or co-workers making racial comments in the workplace, including stereotypes or jokes
- Statistics showing the employer treats one racial group less favorably than other racial groups
- The employer providing a reason for an employment decision (e.g., failing to hire, firing, disciplining) regarding an employee, which is not supported by the factual evidence
Employers are also required by the law to provide a work environment that is free from racial harassment. If employees are subjected to a racially hostile work environment, the employer can be held liable.