Race & Nationality

California

Race Discrimination Lawyer

Protecting the Rights of Employees Discriminated Against Based on Race

Even more than 50 years after the passage of the federal Civil Rights Act, race discrimination remains a problem for many employees. Although most employers do not engage in overt acts of race discrimination (e.g., refusing to hire African American employees), many more subtle issues may lead to litigation. For instance, a manager consistently using racial slurs when referring to an employee or group of employees creates a legal liability for the employer. Actions such as this violate workers' rights and create a hostile work environment for the victim and those witness to the conduct. 

Employees subject to race discrimination in the workplace must take a stand against perpetrators of the mistreatment. At Valiant Law, our team helps victims of unjust practices hold wrongdoers accountable and seek remedies for harm suffered. We are also experienced litigators who know that negotiations and talks do not always lead to a resolution. Sometimes, these matters must be taken to court. Whatever your situation, we provide full-service representation in the field of labor and employment law.

To speak with our race discrimination attorney, call us at (909) 254-5771 or contact us online today.

Racial Harassment and a Hostile Work Environment

The Civil Rights Act and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) broadly prohibit discrimination in employment based on race, color, or ancestry. The laws apply not only to the employee's race, color, or ancestry but also to the people the employee may be related to or associated with. For example, if an employer fires a white employee because they are married to an African American, that is considered race discrimination. The fact that the employee is Caucasian is irrelevant. Along similar lines, race discrimination can occur even in scenarios where the victim and the discriminating party belong to the same race.

One of the more common race discrimination problems involves supervisors or coworkers using racially derogatory language in the workplace. While not every racial slur or remark rises to the level of race discrimination, if the use of such language is so "frequent and severe" that it creates a "hostile work environment," the employer could be held legally responsible for failing to put a stop to the offending conduct. 

Employers can also engage in accidental or unintended race discrimination. For instance, a blanket employee policy prohibiting employees from having facial hair can be considered discriminatory against workers who cannot shave for religious or race-specific reasons. However, such policies may be permitted if narrowly tailored and relate to a specific job requirement.

Valiant Law can help challenge these kinds of workplace practices.

Contact Us for Help with Your Race Discrimination Claim

If you were subject to misconduct in the workplace, speak with a California labor and employment lawyer as soon as possible. We can help you navigate the complex system of filing a claim or lawsuit.

Call our team today at (909) 254-5771 or contact us online to schedule a consultation to sit down and discuss your needs.

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