Richmond Police Officer Files Lawsuit Against City Claiming Discrimination

A Richmond city police officer filed a lawsuit this October against the city and its police chief, claiming that he has suffered harassment and racial discrimination at work due to being African American. The suit is one among many that have been filed against the city’s police chief. The lawsuit claims that the police officer was subjected to “excessive scrutiny, criticism and discipline” that his Caucasian co-workers were not exposed to, and that his reviews on the force were exceptional for three years before the current police chief was hired.

The police officer was fired previously in 2006 and in 2009 but regained his job back both times through arbitration and being acquitted. The officer is claiming that the discrimination and harassment he is suffering is preventing him from moving forward in his career. He is suing for $5 million in damages. Previously, in 2007, seven high-ranking African American Richmond police officers filed a suit against the police chief seeking $18 million in damages for racial harassment.

Racial discrimination and harassment in the workplace is illegal in California and federal law remedies for racial discrimination are in the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which applies to all companies with more than 15 employees. Common examples of racial discrimination includes using racial slurs or other offensive statements based on race that creates a hostile environment, classifying employees based on race and isolating them and assigning employees of a single race to certain establishments. Title VII also protects those who file discrimination charges.

What Do I Do If I’m Discriminated Against at Work?

If you feel you are being discriminated against at work, you deserve to file a complaint. Our California employment attorneys can help you figure out your next step if you are being harassed on the job. Schedule a consultation with our Los Angeles discrimination attorneys today to discuss your case, or share your story with us on our Facebook page.

Did You Know: Discrimination in the workplace can be based on any racial traits, including skin, eye or hair color and facial features.

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