Fighting Against Racial Discrimination in the Workplace
Building strong cases that get results
While many employers don’t like to admit it, there are still employees who experience harassment or discrimination because of their race. Employers who engage in or allow this behavior are violating the law. Pursuing racial discrimination claims can be complicated. Our experienced discrimination attorneys can help.
At Gibson Law, LLC, we know how employers approach cases involving discrimination. We used to represent employers for one of the nation’s largest firms. We know which legal strategies work, and which ones don’t. Now, we put our experience and legal knowledge to work for employees who have been mistreated.
Holding employers accountable in Ohio
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 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 (for example: hair texture, certain facial features and skin color). This applies to almost all aspects of employment, such as pay, fringe benefits, hiring, firing, promotions, layoffs, training and job assignments.
There’s no doubt that race discrimination in the workplace continues to exist today. Evidence of discrimination is not always obvious. Examples of racial discrimination include:
- A person of a particular race is passed over for hiring.
- A person of a particular race is paid less than other employees of different racial backgrounds.
- A person of a particular race is passed over for promotion in favor of a less-qualified employee.
- An employer treats an applicant or employee less favorably than people of a different race.
- Managers or fellow employees make comments or jokes about an employee’s race.
Racial discrimination can be reported to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC). It is important to remember that these agencies usually have a backlog of cases. When they do get to your case, they may not be able to thoroughly investigate.
We fight for your rights until we get results
Our law firm can investigate the discrimination you experienced and fight to help you recover compensation. We know where to look for evidence and thoroughly review all related company documents, such as policy manuals, timesheets and emails. We identify and interview witnesses, including co-workers and managers.
Our attorneys know how to build a strong case that employers have to take seriously. We fight for the compensation you deserve, which may include back pay, lost future wages, liquidated (double) damages and attorney’s fees. Many times, we are able to negotiate with employers to reach a settlement that meets the needs of our clients. We’re also prepared to file a lawsuit on your behalf and take your case to court if necessary.
If you experienced racial discrimination, it’s important to get trusted legal advice as soon as possible. Over time, evidence can be lost or destroyed, and the memories of witnesses can fade. Contact us today for a consultation with a member of our legal team. Our offices are located in Cincinnati and Dayton.