Racial discrimination against employees in California is illegal – both Federal and State governments strictly forbid the mistreatment of workers based on your civil rights. It is hard to believe that racial discrimination against ordinary working people continues to this day, but the sad reality is that it still exists. If you have been discriminated against by your employer or during a job application process, you can talk to one of our experienced Anaheim racial discrimination lawyers at 818-610-8800 and let us help you recover the compensation you deserve.
What Is Racial Discrimination?
Employment racial discrimination happens when an employer – or potential employer if you are applying for work – treats you badly or fires you because of your race or color. This means that, if you are covered by any of these protected characteristics, employers cannot use your race to:
- Terminate your employment
- Demote you
- Block your opportunities for promotion or advancement
- Deny you any job privileges
- Refuse to interview or hire you
- Transfer you from your usual job to a worse one
- Make your working life so difficult and unpleasant that you have no option but to resign (constructive discharge)
The racist behavior of others also counts as racial discrimination, even if on the face of it you are not treated any differently to your other co-workers. You may be forced to listen to ethnic slurs or nasty, derogatory comments; supervisors or colleagues may make offensive remarks or display racially offensive symbols. Actions like these create a toxic workplace, and can severely affect your health and wellbeing.
How Can I Prove My Employer Is Racially Discriminating Against Me?
To prove that you are being racially discriminated against, you need to be able to prove at least one of the following:
- You are a member of a protected class – race is included in this definition
- You are qualified for the job you applied for
- You have been meeting the required performance standards for your job
- The reason you were not hired or fired was because of racial discrimination
- The employer’s reason for not hiring you or firing you was a pretext for racial discrimination
My Employer Is Discriminating Against Me, What Can I Do?
Find as much evidence as you can to back up your case – it can be difficult to prove employment discrimination by your employer, as they can often try to give a different reason for treating you badly or firing you. If you are not sure how to do this, call your local Anaheim discrimination lawyer at 818-610-8800 for a free initial confidential consultation.
We have a successful track record of winning financial and punitive damages for our clients who have been the victims of discrimination, both in Anaheim and across Orange County. No matter if the case is settled out of court or in front of a judge, we will work our hardest to represent you and your interests. Financial damages cover lost wages, emotional distress and attorney fees, while punitive damages are intended to punish employers who are found to be discriminating against employees or job applicants.
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