Louisiana workers sue over racial discrimination

Many people may believe that racial discrimination is a thing of the past. With the passage of the Civil Rights Act long behind us, people may think that employers no longer take things like race or national origin into account in the workplace.

However, for many Louisiana workers, workplace discrimination is an everyday part of their lives. There are still employers who take factors like a person's gender, religion, race and ethnicity into effect when they are making important decisions. Many people are also treated differently simply because they look different than their co-workers.

Two Louisiana construction workers lived with race discrimination on the job, according to a new lawsuit. The workers claimed that they experienced workplace discrimination because they are black. The men say that they were denied access to cold drinking water on the job that was offered to other employees and were called derogatory names. Complaints about the behavior fell on deaf ears. Furthermore, the men claimed were threatened when co-workers hung nooses on work sites.

As a result of this treatment, the men are suing for negligent infliction of emotional distress, intentional infliction of emotional distress and intentional discrimination in employment. They are seeking an unspecified amount of damages for these violations and for attorney's fees.

Like the men in this case, workers who are subject to workplace discrimination should understand their legal rights. Legal remedies may be available that can stop the discrimination and compensate victims for the treatment they have suffered. By asserting their rights, employees can help to ensure that others do not suffer from similar treatment in the future.

Source: The Louisiana Record, "Racial discrimination suit filed by construction workers; Noose allegedly hung at workplace," Andrew Stevens, July 29, 2014

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