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Racial discrimination in the workplace is defined as: any situation where one worker is treated differently due to their race compared with workers of another race. Anti-discrimination laws apply at all stages of employment, including hiring, interviewing, training, promotions, raising wages, distributing benefits, and firing.

The term racial discrimination is also referred to in many other ways, such as "race and color discrimination", or "racial bias in the workplace". Race is based on a person's physical characteristics such as skin color, hair color or type, and facial features. In some jurisdictions, the definition of race also includes certain medical conditions that are found in higher rates in some races.

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Employers and employees alike are not allowed to discrminate based on these physical characteristics. An employer may also be in violation if they observe racial discrimination in the workplace, yet do nothing to correct it. Racial bias can range from very subtle forms that are hard to detect to violations that are quite obvious. Read more

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The clearest cases of racial discrimination in the workplace occur when one race of employees is treated better at the expense of another race of workers. For example, racial discrimination may exist if a supervisor constantly offers promotions to one race of workers, while denying the same promotions to a different race of employees. Such discriminatory treatment is usually an ongoing pattern; however, individual acts of discrimination can form the basis of a legal claim.

Racial discrimination laws overlap heavily with other types of employment laws. For example, it is common for a racial discrimination claim to involve other violations, such as a hostile work environment or wrongful termination. In such cases, it may become necessary to hire an employment lawyer to help sort out the different violations.

The remedies for racial discrimination will often depend on the losses suffered by the affected employee. If the employee was fired on account of race, they may be returned to their previous job position and paid back wages. In severe cases, an employer may have to pay punitive damages for racial discrimination. These are meant to punish the employer and to prevent racial discrimination in the future. Punitive damages can result in a much higher monetary award for the plaintiff; however they are not available in all cases.

If you believe that you may be affected by racial discrimination in your workplace, you might have the option of filing a claim against your employer or co-workers. This can be done by submitting a claim with a government agency like the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or by filing a lawsuit in court. An employment lawyer can assist you throughout these processes.


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