On Wednesday, we discussed racial discrimination and the impact it has on California workers. Remember, if you click here, we have a page with information about the actions you can take if you believe that you are experiencing discrimination at work.
Keep in mind, there are two key forms of racial discrimination that can occur among workers in California:
- Disparate treatment occurs when an employee is subject to discrimination because of his or her race, ethnicity, skin color or other characteristics.
- Disparate impact occurs when an employer’s policies adversely affect employees based on race, ethnicity, skin color or similar characteristics.
If you have experienced these issues at work, you can file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Additionally, you can also speak to an attorney, who can review your case and determine if you may be entitled to damages via a lawsuit.
Taco Bell Franchise Accused of Racial Discrimination
We decided to blog about this issue again because recently a former Los Angeles Taco Bell employee filed a lawsuit against the owner of his franchise, Cotti Foods, alleging that the managers at the location where he worked (near the Los Angeles International Airport) routinely used racial slurs.
According to CBS News, Raymond Brantley, 35, says in his lawsuit that one manager told him that she did not want to hire African-American employees. Additionally, he claims that one supervisor in particular wrote, “(expletive) you, N-word” on one of his lunch orders.
An Attorney Can Investigate Your Discrimination Claim
This case is unfortunate. Remember, if you believe that you are experiencing harassment at work, including name-calling, threats, intimidation, offensive jokes and insults, you should keep a record and note when the incidents occur. Recording these events could potentially make things easier for you, should you speak to an attorney and contact the EEOC for a claim.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob– Los Angeles employment attorneys