Fortunately, we live in a society that has largely progressed over time, and racial discrimination in the workplace is something most people no longer have to worry about. However, racism in the workplace, of course, still exists, and when someone is a victim of racial discrimination in the workplace, they are often left feeling helpless and unsure of where to turn, especially if the behavior is coming from their employer or upper management. Our Georgia employment law attorney is here to help. Please continue reading and reach out to our knowledgeable firm to learn more about how we can help you attain the justice you deserve. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What qualifies as racial discrimination in the workplace?
The first thing that you should understand is that not every single remark qualifies 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
If this behavior leads to a hostile work environment, our experienced attorney may be able to help you pursue legal action.
What should I do if I am harassed in the workplace?
If you are the victim of discrimination in the workplace, you should first speak with the Human Resources department. If you do not have a Human Resources department, you should speak with your employer, however, 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 means taking pictures of the behavior, saving rude text messages, emails, or other correspondences, record conversations where the individual uses this sort of language, and more. As long as your case qualifies, our firm can help you file a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission within 60 days of the incident. For any additional questions, give us a call today.
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