Discrimination and harassment based on race, skin color, and national origin are currently major topics in the news and the internet, making them pointed concerns for many workers. Complaints and charges of race, color and national origin discrimination can be based on overt or obvious comments and actions; it can also be based on subtle statements and actions. When someone – either an employee or job applicant – is treated unfavorably because of their race or any personal characteristics associated with race, it is considered discrimination. These types of charges can also pertain to cases when an employee’s spouse, partner, family member, or friend is treated unfavorably because of their race or skin color. It is important to keep in mind that discrimination and harassment can occur when the victim and the person who is doing the harassing are the same race or color. Not all cases of workplace race, color, and national origin discrimination and harassment involve two people of a different race.
Employees who intend to pursue such claims or complaints must first report them to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Texas Workforce Commission – Civil Rights Division (TWC-CRD), the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), or to Civil Rights Commissions found in numerous cities. If you need advice about whether facts exist to bring a claim or charge of race, color or national origin discrimination, or need to know how to respond to a government agency investigation of discrimination, contact Attorney Janovsky for a consultation.
About Workplace Discrimination
Employees and job applicants are protected against being treated unfavorably because of their race, color, or national origin by a handful of different organizations. It is unlawful to treat another person poorly or negatively because of their physical characteristics (hair texture, skin color, facial features) associated with race. Unfortunately, we are seeing an increasing number of these types of cases of discrimination take place in our country today.
All employers should be aware that discrimination is wrong, regardless of what form it comes in. In many cases, discrimination is not a blatant act, which can make it more difficult to detect. One of the most common examples of workplace discrimination we see is when businesses attempt to implement rules requiring that only English is used while on the job. According to the EEOC, this is against the law and any employer who tries to get away with this “rule” can be held liable for their actions. However, many courts have issued split decisions on these types of cases, creating widespread confusion about whether such a policy is allowed.
If an employment policy of any kind has a negative impact on the well-being of an employee or group of employees, there may be an opportunity for legal recourse. The DFW attorneys at Janovsky & Associates have handled many cases of race, color, and national origin discrimination throughout both Texas and California and are prepared to do the same for you. To learn more about your rights as an employee who has been the target of discrimination, or if you are wondering what your rights are following a charge of discrimination, please give Janovsky & Associates a call today.
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