Race discrimination and harassment
Do you feel that your boss doesn’t like you because of your skin color? Do people tell jokes about you in the workplace that make you uncomfortable? Has your employer bullied you because of your race? Do you feel you were fired because of your race? We can help!
What rights do you have in the workplace?
Race discrimination is when your employer treats you differently because of your race. If your boss treats you differently because you’re in a relationship with a person of a certain race, that’s also illegal. Your employer should not judge you or the people in your life.
If your boss treats you differently because you’re in a relationship with a person of a certain race, that’s also illegal.
It doesn’t matter which racial group you identify as. It doesn’t matter if you share the same racial background as the bullying employer or coworker. Racial harassment is wrong. If you are treated unfairly because of your race, you have rights!
Are you being treated unfairly or bullied?
It is illegal for an employer to refuse to hire you, or hire you and then pay you less. Maybe you’re not getting the good job assignments, or you’re not being promoted. Your boss may even intimidate, harass, or fire you because of your race. Let us help you.
It doesn’t matter which racial group you identify as.
If you’ve been called disgusting racial slurs or someone has left something hateful for you to find, call us. We can educate you about your many options.
Even if you aren't being expressly attacked for your race, you may be facing more subtle, derogatory or negative consequences for something intrinsic about yourself.
Is your boss bullying you because you reported discrimination or harrassment?
Perhaps you already suspect that you are being unfairly treated because of your race. Maybe you told your boss or someone else that you believe your employer is treating you wrongfully because of your race. You were very courageous to speak up! You have the right to feel safe and to have job security even after complaining.
As long as you can show that the harassment was severe or pervasive in your workplace, you can prove race harassment.
Retaliation based upon your complaints of race discrimination or harassment is illegal. Your boss may say that you weren’t being discriminated against based on your race. But even if your employer can prove that, it’s never fair to discriminate against you because you spoke up. If you feel you’ve been retaliated against because of your complaints, let us help you.
How can I prove my boss harassed or discriminated against me because of my race?
Not just in California, but all around the nation, it is illegal to bully and discriminate against you because of your race. The Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals decided in the case of Daniels v. Essex Group, Inc. that as long as you can show that the harassment was severe or pervasive in your workplace, you can prove race harassment.
To prove your case, you only need the judge or jury to believe that you or someone you were associated was part of a certain racial group and that a substantial motivation for your firing, demotion, or harassment was due to being a part of that race. If you have witnesses and documents, of course it’s much easier to prove your case. However, if you don’t have these things, don’t feel discouraged. We have handled many cases where someone has been discriminated and harassed because of their race, but no one was around to see it and it wasn’t in writing. In fact, it’s pretty common for bad bosses to wait until a time when you’re alone before they harass you.
If you’ve been treated differently because of your race, that’s wrong. You deserve to be treated with respect.
We can help you fight for justice.
When your employer judges you because of your race, you can feel hopeless. Employers should not get away with it! By standing up for your rights, you are standing up for yourself. You are also standing up for everyone who has ever suffered the injustice of racial discrimination and harassment.
Please make an appointment for a free consultation in our Newport Beach office. You can contact us by email or phone. We want to help.