Employees are entitled to work in a place free of discrimination and harassment. When an employee is treated differently because of race, they have a lot to consider. Racial discrimination in the workplace is often subtle. Whether you were denied a job opportunity, overlooked for a promotion, or denied a raise based on your race, this practice is illegal. Federal and state laws have been implemented in order to combat the problem. If you have been treated differently based on your race, take action to protect your rights.
Federal law eliminates the potential for gray areas over racial discrimination in the workplace. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission protects victims of race discrimination in businesses with over 15 employees. Simply put, it is illegal for employers to discriminate based on an individual’s race, ethnicity, or national origin in all areas of employment, including:
Racial profiling is also illegal. Employers cannot recruit employees or promote individuals based on their race or perceived race. This is illegal, but proving fault can be highly complicated.
New Jersey state laws further protect victims of race discrimination. According to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, businesses, labor unions, and employers are not allowed to treat an employee differently based on their race or perceived race in an employment setting. NJ LAD protects employees of businesses of all sizes from denial of employment, promotions, equal pay, and other job benefits because of race. In addition, businesses are prohibited from terminating an employee or exposing an employee to offensive behavior based on race. If you are the victim of racial discrimination, you have a lot to consider.
According to the U.S. EEOC and New Jersey’s LAD, victims of racial discrimination should take action in order to protect their rights. The EEOC allows citizens to file a Charge of Discrimination before filing a lawsuit with the federal government. When a victim files a Charge of Discrimination, the EEOC will investigate the matter. If they find evidence of discrimination, they will either try and settle the matter or litigate on your behalf. If the investigator finds a lack of evidence, they will allow you to continue your lawsuit without their assistance with a notice-of-right-to-sue. The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination similarly protects victims of discrimination. If you need to take action, you must file a grievance with the Division of Civil Rights (DCR) in order to hold an offender accountable.
When the stakes are high, entrust The Mark Law Firm, LLC to help preserve your rights. Our firm’s employment law attorneys have extensive experience advocating for employees in disputes against multi-million dollar companies. We have the skills, resources, and tenacity to prove fault and hold employers accountable for their illegal actions. Our attorneys are ready to review your case and guide you through your options. The Mark Law Firm, LLC has a strong track record of handling investigations of discrimination. If you need our quality legal services, contact our firm today.