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Racial discrimination is an ugly reality for many people in the workplace. This behavior has no place anywhere in society, particularly not the workplace where you should be seen as a valued part of the team. When racial discrimination occurs, it is important that you speak up and take action. If it happened to you, it will probably happen to someone else. This treatment cannot be allowed to continue.

The first step is one of the easiest. Schedule a free consultation with our dedicated race discrimination lawyers in Orange County. Your meeting is entirely confidential. If you are unsure that what you are experiencing is racial discrimination, our team can help you figure out if filing a claim is the right course of action.

We are ready to meet with you and help you figure out next steps. Call Aegis Law Firm today at (800) 543-4829. Our employment attorneys are here for you.

What Is Race Discrimination?

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defines race discrimination as treating an employee or applicant unfavorably based on their race or due to personal characteristics commonly associated with race, such as skin color, complexion, hair texture, or facial features. Race discrimination may also involve treating someone negatively due to them being married to or associated with a person of a particular race or color.

Race discrimination can occur when the victim and the person who perpetrated the discrimination are the same race or color. Likewise, race discrimination also applies to perceived race or color.

Race discrimination is forbidden under the law in relation to every aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, promotions, benefits, training, employee assignments, or any any other condition of employment.

Discrimination Is Not Always Obvious

Most people are aware that they cannot get away with outright discriminatory behavior. Many of them are probably unaware they are even exercising prejudice. However, lack of intent does not make the situation any less uncomfortable for those affected by it.

Some signs that race discrimination is taking place in the workplace include:

  • Separating teams based on their ethnicity
  • Passing over qualified candidates for a position in favor of less experienced people
  • Making derogatory remarks about race and playing it off as a joke
  • An employer or supervisor who frequently has to deny suggestions that they make racially based decisions
  • People of the same ethnicity remaining at the same level for years while their counterparts move upwards
  • Extra time spent training people of a specific race or ethnicity

These are not always easily identifiable in the workplace, which is why they often go unnoticed and unreported. It is up to you to observe the culture of your work environment and speak up when something seems off.

Damages Available to Victims of Race Discrimination

Damages available to victims of race discrimination will vary depending on the type of discrimination and the extent of harm the discrimination caused. Awarded monetary damages may include:

  • Back wages and front pay
  • Lost higher income from a denied promotion or raise
  • Medical benefits
  • Pension benefits
  • Bonus payments
  • Legal fees
  • Pain and suffering

A successful race discrimination claim may also result in equitable remedies such as rehiring of the employee, though it is rare for victims of discrimination to have a desire to return to a hostile workplace. In rare cases, plaintiffs may also be awarded punitive damages as a way to punish an employer for particularly egregious wrongdoing.

We Offer Confidential Consultations

Accusing an employer or coworker of race discrimination is not easy. We understand that this is a big step and not a decision people make lightly. If you feel racial discrimination takes place in your workplace, take detailed notes of what you have observed. Speak with others you trust to get their take on the situation and discuss your concerns with a supervisor or HR. Make sure you have documented evidence of any meetings with supervisors, as you will need them if you need to file a claim.

Your initial consultation with our Orange County racial discrimination attorneys is offered at no charge. We are discreet and will not move forward without your explicit permission. Contact us today.

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