Unfortunately, racial discrimination occurs often, even in this day and age. While racial discrimination is wrong, it can also be devastating. You may suffer emotional turmoil and even be unable to work as a result, leading to financial difficulties. If you believe you are a victim of racial discrimination in the workplace, read on to learn more.
What constitutes racial discrimination?
Some people are simply unkind. While this is unpleasant, it does not necessarily qualify as racial discrimination. Even if someone makes a rude, offensive remark, it is most likely not grounds to file a claim against that person. However, if the behavior is constant, and it classifies as harassment, there is a very good chance you can pursue a claim. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission defines discrimination based on race as the following:
- Employers displaying symbols that are traditionally or historically considered racially offensive
- Employers or employees using racial slurs
- Employers or employees making derogatory comments regarding a person’s race or the color of their skin
What should I do if I am the victim of racial discrimination??
If you are a victim of discrimination in the workplace, your first step should be to speak with the Human Resources department. If you do not have a Human Resources department, you should speak with your employer. That being said, if your claim is against your employer, it is in your best interest to document the incident(s) of racial discrimination as thoroughly as possible. This may include taking pictures and videos of the behavior, saving rude text messages, emails, or other correspondences, recording conversations where the individual uses this sort of language, and more.
How long do I have to file a claim?
As long as your case qualifies, you can file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission within 60 days of the incident. While it can be difficult to do so, it is important to act fact.
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