28 Aug How do lawyers determine if on-the-job racism has occurred?
If you’ve been the victim of racially-motivated employment discrimination, this is probably not the first time you’ve experienced such treatment. If you’re reading this article, you may have lost jobs, lost job opportunities, missed out on promotions or suffered under lower pay — all because of your race — and you’ve decided that enough is enough.
Fortunately, powerful state and federal laws will protect you from employment-related racism and the law may be on your side.
The signs and symptoms of on-the-job racial discrimination
Here are the signs of on-the-job racism that lawyers look out for:
A high turnover rate for a specific race: Have you noticed that black, Latino, Asian or other races of employees tend to lose their jobs or quit faster than other races? Or, maybe the only long-standing employees at your workplace are white. Patterns like this could indicate that racial discrimination is at play.
Suspicious racially-motivated questions during interviews: You might have noticed a strange question from your interviewer. Maybe the interviewer drew attention to the color of your skin, your hair or your accent. Maybe the interviewer asked about your education level and was surprised by your response, and then threw in a race-oriented comment. Often a racially discriminating employer is revealed by these kinds of interview questions.
Unequal assignment of work duties: Managers who discriminate might assign preferred or higher-paying tasks to a specific race. This could result in unfair competition for jobs and promotions.
A rude way of speaking to people of a specific race: Racist employers may use phrases like “you people” to those of a certain race. He or she might make race-related jokes or just have an unpleasant and closed-off demeanor to those of a specific race or skin color. This may result in unfair treatment and it could be one of the reasons for a high turnover rate for people of specific races.
Don’t be a victim of racial discrimination any more
When victims of on-the-job racial discrimination begin to understand their legal rights and options, they don’t have to be victims anymore. They can stand up for their legal rights and hold their discriminatory employers financially accountable for the harm they have caused.