Discrimination and Human Rights
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Racial discrimination still exists in the US
Racial discrimination still exists in the United States, despite decades of progress. Unfortunately, this is true for workplace discrimination, too. It is illegal to discriminate against current or potential employees based on their race.
Racial discrimination is the act of treating people differently based on their race. Racial discrimination can arise from different skin color, hair, medical conditions, and facial features. Race discrimination also can mean treating someone unfavorably because the person is married to a person of a certain race or color.
Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which is enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), federal law protects individuals against employment discrimination based on race. It also applies to national origin, sex, or religion. It’s illegal for employers to use race as a factor when handling hiring, firing, promotions, benefits, and other employment terms and conditions. Race discrimination is also prohibited by the Montana Human Rights Act.
Race discrimination might include:
- You don’t get hired despite being qualified because you are African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, Caucasian, or any other race.
- A white employee gets a promotion with fewer credentials and experience than a qualified person of color.
- You may not be up for consideration for promotions on more than one occasion.
- You have a lower salary than your co-worker in the same company in a similar position.
We can assist you at Meridian Law. We will determine whether you have a case, when to file a claim, and how to proceed. We can file claims with the MHRB and the EEOC on your behalf. Finally, we can request mediation or conciliation to possibly resolve the claim before a trial. We are experienced and skilled in handling these types of claims, and we can ensure your rights are advanced.
For more information on what might constitute race discrimination, as well as what legal rights you have, please read our blog articles and contact us directly. We can help you further understand how important it is to fight the horrible illegalities of discrimination, as well as determine what your legal rights are.