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Race Discrimination in the Workplace

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Sadly, workers still face employment discrimination based on race, ethnicity and national origin. Even though there are laws forbidding workplace discrimination by employers, violations still occur. If you think this has happened to you, you may have legal recourse.

There are many ways a person can suffer employment discrimination based on race or ethnicity. You could be denied employment or you may not be promoted or offered training. You may receive lower wages and less benefits than what you are entitled to. Perhaps you’ve been harassed, wrongfully terminated or just treated differently from other employees who work in the same level or position as you but who are of a different race, ethnicity or national origin.

You should not have to endure being treated unfairly due to your national origin, race or ethnicity. This type of workplace discrimination is illegal, and you may be entitled to compensation if it is established that it has happened to you.

The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, on Long Island is highly qualified to help you if you think you have suffered race discrimination in the workplace. We know what to do in order to successfully bring a complaint or lawsuit. We can guide and advise you every step of the way in pursuing a resolution of the situation, or take the matter to court if necessary.

If your claim has merit, we are ready to do all the paperwork necessary to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the New York State Division of Human Rights or the New York City Commission on Human Rights.

Contact us today for a free consultation and claim evaluation.

Unfair Employment Practices Based on Race, Ethnicity & National Origin

Federal, New York State and New York City laws protect employees and applicants against workplace discrimination. Some of the ways this treatment is carried out is by discriminating against someone based on:

  • Race or racial appearance.
  • Foreign accent.
  • Ancestry.
  • Culture or customs.
  • Perceived ethnic background.
  • Association with others of a different race, ethnicity or national origin.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 states that a person’s race, color, religion, sex or national origin cannot be used as the basis for denying employment or for not compensating an employee fairly with regard to wages and other compensation or benefits of being employed. Nor can an employee be limited, set apart or relegated to a certain class of employees or applicants if such limitations act to deprive the individual of the fair opportunity to pursue employment or remain employed.

Some examples of the ways unfair treatment of an employee may occur due to his or her race, national origin or ethnicity include:

  • Not hiring or promoting a person of a certain race even though that person is better qualified.
  • Paying people of a certain race, ethnicity or national origin less than others.
  • Co-workers or managers who regularly use racial slurs (name-calling or jokes) or make negative comments about an employee’s country of origin or ethnic background.
  • Refusing to interview or hire someone because of a foreign accent, when the accent would not interfere with performing the job.
  • Demanding that only a certain class of workers (Latinos or Asians, for example) produce documents showing they can legally work in the U.S.
  • Making comments, such as, “We already have enough [people of a certain race or country of origin] in that department,” or similar statements.

Legal Solutions to Unlawful Discrimination: Race, Ethnicity & National Origin

A claim or lawsuit maintaining that you are a victim of racial, ethnic or national origin discrimination will require evidence to support your claim.

You should contact an appropriate person in senior management in the company and inform that person about the situation. Request that they conduct an investigation. If nothing is done, you can file a complaint with the EEOC. The agency may then contact the employer, request information and ask it to respond to the complaint, or the agency may choose to conduct an investigation into your employer.

You can file a lawsuit with the court if your case is not resolved. It is a complex procedure, and getting quality legal assistance is extremely important with regard to the final outcome of your case.

Knowledgeable Legal Assistance to Protect Your Rights

Proving that workplace discrimination has occurred based on race, national origin or ethnicity when applying or working at a company can be difficult. The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, is very experienced in handling these cases successfully.

If you have a valid claim, we can help you file all the documentation needed for the EEOC or the New York Division of Human Rights. There are specific deadlines that must be met in filing a discrimination complaint. We can carefully manage every detail for you. We also make sure you understand your rights and what can be done, and we know how to present your case in the best way to maximize your chances of success.

Our priorities are protecting your rights and pursuing the compensation you deserve. Contact our firm today to get started.