There are few things more ignorant and repugnant than discriminating against someone solely because of the color of their skin. We live in an era where people are, thankfully, more educated and far less likely to possess such views, however, racism is still, unfortunately, very present in our society, and especially in the workplace. If you feel you are a victim of racism in the workplace, you should know, first and foremost, that you are protected from such discrimination under federal law. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Georgia employment law attorney to learn more about racism in the workplace and how our firm can help you fight it if you believe you have been discriminated against. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What are the most common signs of racial discrimination?
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission states that there are several different types of harassment and discrimination an individual can face on the basis of their race. Some of those forms of harassment are as follows:
- Displaying symbols that are traditionally or historically considered racially offensive
- Racial slurs
- Rude or derogatory comments regarding a person’s race or the color of their skin
That being said, though “teasing” is unacceptable and rude, in many cases, if it is an isolated incident, unfortunately, it may be treated as an exception. However, that being said, if you are someone who undergoes persistent or serious harassment that creates a hostile work environment, there is a very good chance you may be able to take legal action with the assistance of an experienced attorney.
Steps to Take After Facing Harassment in the Workplace
If you have faced discrimination at your place of employment, the first thing you should do is report the incident to Human Resources or your employer. That being said, you will have to prove your claim via evidence, so it is generally best to take pictures, bring text messages, emails, or any other form of evidence you have of discrimination when you bring your complaint to management’s attention. If, after taking these actions, the harassment/discrimination persists, you should file a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) within 60 days of the incident. Before proceeding, ensure you retain the services of an honest, compassionate, and hard-working Georgia employment rights attorney. Our firm is here to help.
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If you need help with an employment law matter in the state of Georgia, you can count on Ben Barrett Law to effectively represent your interests. With over 30 years of experience, Attorney Barrett has the skill and experience necessary to help you navigate the complexities of any employment law matter you may be facing. To discuss your case with a legal team you can trust, please do not hesitate to contact Ben Barrett Law today.