Racial Discrimination at the Workplace

racial discrimination in the workplace is a terrible thing, and unfortunately, many individuals have had to deal with it.  Discrimination is against the law, and any person suffering as the victim of racial discrimination against them should be well informed on how to handle it.

Identifying Racial Discrimination in the Workplace

The first thing you should know is how to recognize signs of race discrimination cases at work.  There are generally three different types of racial discrimination as part of employment discrimination.

  Direct Racial Discrimination

Direct race discrimination is easy to recognize, because the employer or co-worker does not try to hide the fact that they are being discriminatory.  Whether they believe their victim will not take action against them or they do not consider the consequences, someone who is involved in direct discrimination at work does not hide it.  A few examples include:

  • An employer jokes that Hispanic individuals are not allowed to drink from the water cooler because they might spread a disease
  • A co-worker constantly makes comments about an African American individual, causing humiliation and degradation

  Indirect Racial Discrimination

Indirect discrimination occurs when an employer or co-worker is truly acting in a racial and discrimination type nature, but trying to cover that fact.  For instance, if an employer gives all of his employees a bonus but leaves out a group of new workers who also happen to be all Caucasian.  He may use the excuse that the workers are to new to receive a bonus.  This may be indirect discrimination.

  Racial Harassment

Harassment can also be considered a type of racial discrimination in America.  If the individual doing the harassing is doing so because the victim is a particular race, this is against the law.  A few examples of harassment include:

  • asian discrimination: An employer calls an Asian worker out in front of the other employees, scolding him for a job the employer considers to be left undone.  The employer does this numerous times, although the Asian worker has completed the job to the same standards as his co-workers.
  • A co-worker makes threatening calls to an African American employee, placing the telephone on speakerphone so that the others in the office can hear.

Reporting Racial Discrimination in the Workplace

Any individual who is the victim of racial discrimination should not allow it to continue.  There are a number of steps one should go through in order to report this discrimination in the workplace.

  Documenting the Incidents

The victim should make notes of every discriminatory incident that takes place at work, including the names of those who are involved, witnesses who may have seen what happened and exactly what kind of behavior was displayed.

  Reporting to the Supervisor

Next, the individual should report to the supervisor, showing him or her the documentation.  It’s important to know that if the direct supervisor was involved in the harassment or discrimination, the complaint should be taken up the ladder to the next highest supervisor.

  Complaining to the EEOC

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission may be helpful in a situation such as this.  Individuals who have faced discrimination in the workplace should file a report immediately.  The EEOC will get back to the victim, giving them permission to take legal action if the discrimination is clear.

Legal Help

The victim of discrimination may wish to take legal action against the employers or co-workers that have wronged him.  The first step would be to have a consultation with a Civil Rights Attorney.  He or she can give great advice as to whether the claim would be valid or not and what the victim should do next.  There are certain things that must be proven in order to win a discrimination case and the attorney will go over all of those things with the victim.

If the victim and attorney decide that it’s a good idea to take the case to a court of law, the attorney will describe the process involved and what must be proven and accomplished in order for the victim to win.

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