Racial Discrimination in the Workplace Explained

Racial Discrimination Act in United States

Let’s Stop Racism!

Most people think about living the American dream. Leaving their countries to go to the United States and start their career in the country. After getting their jobs though and have settled in the country, that is when they realize how life is for immigrants in the US. What’s worse is that they tend to become victims of racial discrimination by the natives. In fact discrimination in the workplace has been going on since time immemorial.

The long fought battle against discrimination
African Americans and people from other different races have been continuously fighting against discrimination. This includes especially those that are currently working and residing in the United States. However, there have been recorded incidences of discrimination despite the many laws passed and implemented by the government.

What are the legislations that are aimed to fight discrimination in the workplace?
So far, the most prominent legislation is the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Under this law, no employer or co-employee can be discriminated against in the workplace based on his race or color. This doesn’t just apply to workers but also to the applicants of a company. Furthermore, this law prohibits discriminatory decision about a personnel’s potential promotion, layoff or other job actions against one’s color or race.

How are these laws enforced?
There are agencies like the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is where employees can report incidents of discrimination that they experience in their respective workplaces. Through the agency, the Civil Rights Act is implemented and these reports and the respective companies are investigated, cases are filed, and these complaints are tried. The EEOC has managed to get a lot of individuals, employers, and companies held liable for various acts of discrimination against their workers.

What are the challenges that lie ahead in the fight against racial discrimination?
A Los Angeles discrimination attorney shared that though there have been amendments made to remedy the loopholes of the existing laws, more tweaks on the various employment laws should be done to improve the effectiveness of these laws. These he believes will be beneficial in ensuring that the fight against discrimination succeeds.

So if you have been a victim of such injustice in the workplace, act quickly and talk to a lawyer. This way, you will be able to file a case against the people that have been discriminating against you.


Understanding “Administrative Exhaustion” Regarding Filing a Discrimination Claim in California

Understanding “Administrative Exhaustion” Regarding Filing a Discrimination Claim in California

Discrimination has been a major predicament in most employment places in California. Despite the presence and implementation of various California labor laws; this type of employment-related claim is still evident.

In California, employees who wish to file legal charges regarding discrimination cannot do so until they first file “charges” with the federal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and/or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and acquire “right to sue” letters. This process is called “administrative exhaustion.”

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Terms and Conditions of Employment Discrimination Laws

Terms and Conditions of Employment Discrimination Laws

Employment discrimination has been accounted as one of the many employment-related issues that several attorneys in California have been dealing with. California labor laws were then created so as to safeguard the interests and well-being of employees. Such laws were also intended to conserve their legal rights.

In most cases, employment discrimination happens because of the wrongful acts of some members of a company. With this, both parties (employees and employers) have to know the following terms and conditions of the laws regarding employment discrimination.

  1. Any employee from a different country must be allowed to talk in their native language until the job needs the use of English. Prohibiting the use of foreign language at work should be limited not unless the work requires it.
  1. The workplace needs to be free from any form of harassment by the employers. This form of harassment includes hostile work environment and sexual aggravation.
  1. Selection of employees should be done objectively. No selection must be based on color or race; hence, qualifications should be the thing to consider.
  1. Employers are required to conform to the employee’s needs when it comes to taking care of the disabled. User-friendly workplace environment should be established including desks, special chairs, and ramps. This act is expected to aid the disabled employee in performing better in his or her job.
  1. Employers are expected to allow their employee to spend medical or maternity leaves for at least four months.
  1. The discriminated employees may be compensated. This law allows reinstatement, back pay, and attorney fees.
  1. Employers should not retaliate against a complaint or a future criticism by an employee.

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