Unfortunately, some warehouse workers in California are subjected to discrimination at work. Keep in mind, discrimination can take many forms and be based on your race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age and/or disabilities.
Remember, discrimination can occur at any stage of employment, including during a hiring decision, promotion, layoff, assignment, training or termination. As far as racial discrimination goes, this can occur when a person is subjected to remarks or poor treatment based on his or her race, ethnicity, skin color or other characteristics.
If you experience racial discrimination at work, it is your right to file a claim with the EEOC. Additionally, it may be in your best interest to speak to an attorney. Remember, the employment attorneys at our firm offer free consultations. This means if you are experiencing what you believe to be discrimination at work, we can listen to your case and possibly determine if you may have a claim, without you having to make an upfront paymen
Aside from contacting the EEOC and an attorney about your case, if you click here, we have a page listing the steps you can take if you believe that you are experiencing employment discrimination.
California Warehouse Workers Awarded $15 Million in Discrimination Case
We bring up racial discrimination today because recently a jury awarded $15 million to workers in a Sacramento case. According to the Associated Press, a federal jury has awarded damages to 11 warehouse workers who accused a trucking company of segregating employees by race, calling people slurs and punishing those who complained.
The company involved in the lawsuit, Matheson Trucking and Matheson Flight Extenders Inc., transports mail for the U.S. Postal Service and private vendors. One warehouse worker claimed that white supervisors would use racial epithets and call employees “lazy, stupid Africans.”
The workers claimed that they faced discrimination at all levels of employment, including “hiring, termination, conditions of employment, promotion, vacation pay, furlough, discipline, work shifts, benefits and wages.”
Handling a Racial Discrimination Claim
As this case shows, courts take racial discrimination claims very seriously. If you are experiencing illegal treatment at work based on your race, you could be entitled to damages.
For further information about discrimination in California, continue to read our blog and follow our social media sites. On Friday, over on our labor blog, we will discuss another racial discrimination case making headlines in Los Angeles.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles employment attorneys