What Constitutes Racial Harassment in the Workplace?

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What Constitutes Racial Harassment in the Workplace?

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Racial harassment is never okay. No matter where you are, you deserve to feel safe and respected whether it is in the comfort of your own home, a store, a public place, or your place of work. Racial discrimination is illegal in the workplace but unfortunately, it can still occur. If you have experienced racial harassment at work, reach out to an Atlanta employment rights attorney to find out how they can help.

Is it Illegal to Be Discriminated Against at Work?

Employment discrimination has been a problem in the United States for many years. There are federal laws put in place by the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) to protect certain classes from discrimination in the workplace. Under these laws, it is illegal to discriminate against an employee or applicant because of their:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Sex
  • Gender identity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Pregnancy
  • National origin
  • Age
  • Disability

In addition, it is illegal to retaliate against someone for lodging a complaint or filing a lawsuit due to discrimination.

What Are Some Examples of Racial Harassment in the Workplace?

Unfortunately, there are many examples of racial harassment in the workplace. Sometimes it is obvious and sometimes it is very subtle, which can be referred to as microaggressions. Some examples can include:

  • The use of racial slurs
  • Derogatory comments regarding a person’s race or color
  • Displaying offensive symbols in the office
  • Telling offensive jokes
  • Threatening someone because of their race
  • Attempting to intimidate someone because of their race

If you have experienced any of the above, you are dealing with racial harassment. There are steps that you can take to resolve this issue and prevent it from happening again.

What Should I Do if I’m Being Harassed?

If you are being harassed at work by an employee or employer, your first step should be to report it. You have the right to feel safe and comfortable at work and any harasser must be brought to justice. If it is a colleague, report it to your manager or a supervisor that you trust. If it is a manager then speak with a trusted higher up or HR. Educate yourself on your company’s harassment policy so that you know you are following the proper channels and ensuring that action is taken.

Be sure to document any cases of harassment including dates and times of the interaction and what was said or done. Any physical evidence like photos, videos, or messages should be kept as well as they can be beneficial in proving your side.

Acquire the services of a lawyer. A skilled attorney will have the experience to know your rights as an employee. They will be able to handle details of your situation and advocate for you, as well as represent you in a case if needed.

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