Are you a victim of race discrimination?

Finding employment can be difficult. At the end of the day, getting hired should come down to your skills and what you can offer the company. Unfortunately, too many people in Louisiana lose out on job opportunities because of their race, or they obtain positions but someone does not treat them fairly for the same reason. This is race discrimination, and it is not okay.

Have you been a victim of race discrimination? If you have, you may find it challenging to decide what to do about it. You may feel that saying anything will make the problem worse. The truth is, though, you do not have to accept it. You may have legal recourse.

What is race discrimination?

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission defines race discrimination as treating a person differently because of his or her race. It can go even further and address treating a person unfairly due to physical features associated with race, such as:

  • Skin color
  • Hair texture
  • Prominent facial features

All of these things have nothing to do with how well a person will perform or does perform job functions.

What if harassment comes from fellow employees?

It is true, race discrimination is not just something that employers are guilty of; sometimes harassment can come from fellow employees. If it does, it is the employer's responsibility to take action in order to stop it. If an employer fails in that responsibility, he or she may be accountable for any damages the situation has caused you. A few examples of race-related workplace harassment include:

  • Using racial slurs
  • Offensive comments
  • Display of offensive symbols

In order to consider such things illegal, they must occur frequently or be severe enough in nature that you feel your work environment is offensive or hostile.

What are my options?

If you are a victim of race discrimination, or any other form of discrimination for that matter, the first thing to do is report it. If an employer does not know what is going on, he or she cannot do anything about it. If the employer is guilty of such behavior, no investigation can begin without an official report.

If nothing changes or improves after reporting the issue, you may have the right to take legal action. You can settle race discrimination claims out of court or through litigation. If you successfully manage your case, you may achieve full and fair compensation for any losses you have experienced.