Race + Color

Most employers may not harass or discriminate against employees because of their race, or retaliate against employees who complain about racial discrimination or harassment. Employees are entitled to equal pay, benefits, training, and promotional opportunities in the workplace regardless of their race, and employers may not tolerate racial harassment in the workplace. Harassment and discrimination against employees because they associate with members of a particular racial group is similarly prohibited. Employers also may not discriminate against employees based on stereotypes about the abilities, traits, or performance of individuals of certain racial groups.
Race discrimination is subtle and takes many forms. Generally, co-workers do not carelessly hurl racial epithets at employees in a crowded office and supervisors do not tell job applicants they were not hired because of their race. Instead, race discrimination manifests itself more subtly; when the company lays off employees of one race before less-qualified employees of another, passes over minority employees with superior qualifications for promotion year after year in favor of less qualified white employees, pays employees of one race higher salaries than those of another for the same position, assigns a top-performing minority salesperson to a territory in a low-income minority neighborhood while assigning a lower performing white employee to an affluent neighborhood, or assigns minority employees to the stock room and white employees to the sales floor.
Race discrimination also frequently coexists with other forms of illegal discrimination and harassment, including national origin discrimination and religious discrimination, as nation origin and religion are often closely tied to one’s race. For example, where a supervisor refuses to hire Hispanic job applicants because he believes they are all Catholics, she may be engaging in race, national origin, and religious discrimination.

If you believe you may have been discriminated against, harassed, or terminated because of your race, or your employer is retaliating against you because you complained about racial discrimination or harassment, you need employment law specialists on your side. Sarnoff + Sarnoff is committed to advancing employee rights and bringing to justice any employer that engages in, encourages, or fails to prevent discrimination, harassment, or retaliation in the workplace. Give us a call at (415) 788-0888, email us at info@sarnofflaw.com, or complete our online contact form to find out whether your rights have been violated and if we can help.

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