It is unlawful for employers across the country to discriminate against employees or job applicants because of their race. Unfortunately, this hasn’t stopped employers from treating workers unfairly because of it. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), hundreds of thousands of race discrimination claims are filed every year.
If you believe you are being discriminated against because of your race, you have a right to file a claim. Our Birmingham employment law attorneys explain what you need to prove your case.
What Is Race Discrimination?
Race discrimination occurs when an employer makes job-related decisions based on an employee’s race. Federal and state laws prohibit race discrimination in every employment-related scenario. For example, an employer can’t make decisions based on a person’s race while hiring, firing, promoting, compensating, job training, or discipline.
Employees often notice racial discrimination when they are singled out for being part of a particular race and receive less treatment because of it. Common forms of racial discrimination include:
- Harassing comments
- Refusing to hire
- Failing to promote
There are few instances where race discrimination only occurs once. In most cases, employees face discrimination on a regular basis. To build a solid case, you should keep a log of the date, time, and location where the incident took place. Also, take note of witnesses and what occurred when you experienced discrimination. Doing so will help you prove that there is a pattern of unlawful racial discrimination.
Once you have this evidence, you can present it to the EEOC to file your racial discrimination case. Be sure to state the facts and avoid venting about the displeasure with your employer.
Need help filing a claim against racial discrimination? Contact our attorneys today at (205) 265-1880 to schedule a confidential consultation!