Color Discrimination in the Workplace | What to Know

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Color Discrimination in the Workplace | What to Know

Color discrimination has a very clear definition set out by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In this context, “color” deals with an individual’s complexion, skin shade, or pigmentation. Discriminating against someone, for this reason, is similar to racial discrimination, which is extremely offensive as well as illegal in the workplace. As long as you can prove that you were discriminated against directly due to the color of your skin, you will most likely have valid grounds for an EEOC claim. If you believe that you are a victim of color discrimination in your Georgia workplace, you will need an experienced attorney on your side. Read on to learn more.

Am I Protected Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964?

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 declares that all employees who’ve been discriminated against due to the color of their skin are protected. Discrimination can refer to any of the following behaviors:

  • Protection during the recruiting, hiring, and advancement processes
  • Compensation, employment terms, conditions, and privileges
  • Harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Segregation and classification of employees
  • Pre-employment inquiries and requirements

If you have been discriminated against as a result of your skin color, you likely have a case and you should reach out to an attorney as soon as possible.

How Long do I Have to File a Claim?

If you believe you are a victim of discrimination, it is important that you do not wait to take action. In Georgia, you are legally obligated to report the incident(s) within 180 days from the date of their occurrences. If you are a federal employee, you must speak with an Equal Employment Opportunity counselor within 45 days of the incident(s). Failing to report the incident on time can mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve. Reach out to an experienced attorney right away.

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