Race Discrimination in the Workplace: Was I fired/not hired/not promoted because I’m ______?

While many would like to assert that race discrimination is a ghost of workplace cultures’ past, that is simply not the case. With dangerous political rhetoric and the rise of racially charged movements, race discrimination runs rampant despite its strict prohibition by federal and state law. In both the private and public sector individuals are treated differently by their employers based solely on the color of their skin or their ethnic heritage. 

Race discrimination is hiring, promoting, and firing processes are especially difficult to prove. Oftentimes employers will provide reasons for negative employment decisions that appear legitimate in order to avoid being outed as an employer that does not provide equal opportunities as required by federal law. If you feel that you have been mistreated by an employer because of your race or color, you should begin the documentation process immediately. 

Some instances of racial discrimination in the workplace are obvious i.e. use of racists slurs, “jokes,” or symbols of white supremacy groups. However, there are many other types of pervasive discrimination actions that maybe occurring at your workplace. Discrimination may impact, all or more of the following areas:

  1. Employment decisions –screening interview candidates, hiring, assigning job duties, promoting, disciplining, or firing an individual based on their race or color. 

  2. Wages or salary—paying employees of one race less than employees of another race. This may include failing to make promotions, bonuses, or advancement opportunities available to employees based on their race or color.

  3. Workplace policies – directing individuals of one race to have different uniforms or grooming requirements than the rest of the workforce. For example, prohibiting certain hair styles that are known to be used by specific ethnic groups as a method of preventing those groups from being able to maintain requirements of employment.

  4. Use of racial slurs or symbolism – making comments, even those framed as “jokes,” that are aimed at being offensive based on race or color. This includes the use of swastikas, nooses, KKK hoods, and other imagery aimed at intimidating or discriminating against communities of a certain race. 

If you believe that you are victim to any form of racial discrimination at the workplace, you should make an internal complaint to you designated supervisor. The company’s failure to investigate is also evidence of a discriminatory work culture.

At Mazaheri Law Firm, our employment lawyers represent clients who have suffered discrimination. We are here to help. If you have been discriminated against because of your race or color, we have the resources to help you seek justice. We can discuss your options and guide you through the process. 

Contact our firm today for a consultation at 405-414-2222.