No one should be subject to unlawful discrimination. To combat discrimination against employees, California has enacted some of the strongest anti-discrimination laws in the country. California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act prohibits discrimination against employees and applicants based on race, color, national and/or ancestry.
If you believe an employer has discriminated against you because of your race, national origin, color or ancestry, we encourage you call us to learn how a racial discrimination attorney can help. You may be entitled to compensation. We will evaluate your claims, explain the discrimination laws and your legal options, and propose a strategy to obtain the justice you deserve.
We handle all discrimination cases on a contingency basis. That means you pay nothing until we recover money for you. Contact Custis Law, P.C. now online or at (213) 863-4276 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.
Recognizing Race Discrimination in the Workplace
Racial discrimination occurs when an employer takes an adverse employment action against an employee or job applicant because of that individual’s race. Common examples include:
- You apply for a job and are turned down. The employer refuses to explain why but you notice that the employer has only hired applicants who belong to the same racial group as the employer.
- Your employer announces layoffs for the company to begin next week. Only employees, or the vast majority of employees, laid off were of a certain racial group.
- You receive less compensation than other employees receive based solely on your race rather than your job performance, education, skills and training.
- You were repeatedly turned down for promotions that were given to less qualified employees of a different race.
What You Can Do Now About Race Discrimination
If you believe you may have a claim for racial discrimination, you can take a number of steps to protect yourself and preserve your legal rights.
Keep a journal of the discriminatory acts and harassment you’ve experienced because of your race, including dates, places, times, names of the persons involved and names of witnesses. Keep this journal at home or in a safe place, and not at work.
Report It in Writing
Many employers have race discrimination policies in their employee handbook. If your employer does, follow the procedure in the handbook for reporting racial discrimination and harassment. If your employer does not, make a written report to your supervisor or someone in human resources. This report does not need to be long or formal. An email will work fine.
Keep copies of emails and other documents that you have sent or received from your employer regarding your complaint. Keep copies of emails and other documents, too, that you have received that you suspect are discriminatory or harassing. If your employer has an employee handbook, obtain a copy. Also, keep copies of positive performance reviews and letters. Keep these records at home or in a safe place, and not at work.
No one wants to experience racial discrimination at work. We understand that. But employees who quit before reporting race discrimination will have a more difficult time winning a lawsuit. If you’re experiencing a stressful workplace, talk to an experienced employment attorney about how to preserve your legal claims.
Take Care of Yourself
Seek professional counseling or treatment if you are experiencing emotional distress, anxiety, depression or other psychological symptoms because of racial discrimination.