Discrimination based on a person’s race is illegal, as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 allows you to secure relief if you can prove that you have experienced it at your workplace.
Keep in mind, racial discrimination can occur at any stage of employment, including during the initial hiring decision, promotions, layoffs, compensation, benefits, job assignments, training or termination of employment, or through racist comments or harassment at work.
Recently, the Santa Barbara Independent reported that a jury awarded an Ecuadorian man $1.13 million in his discrimination lawsuit against Teledyne RESON Inc.
The news outlet reported that Carlos Ortiz, 55, had worked for the sonar equipment maker for nearly 20 years when he was fired in 2011 without warning. In his lawsuit, he claimed that he had been underpaid, unfairly denied promised promotions, misled and mismanaged and wrongfully terminated.
Ortiz claimed that his firing had nothing to do with his job performance as his evaluations were described as “outstanding” and “excellent”, according to the Independent.
He also claimed that at one point, executives made him take a business trip to Mexico during a time of heightened violence, because the other engineers were afraid to go, saying he would be safer, because he is not white.
Who Should I Talk to About Racial Discrimination at Work?
Racial discrimination claims that are common include disparate treatment and disparate impact.
Disparate treatment occurs when an employee is subject to discrimination because of race, ethnicity, skin color or a similar characteristic. Disparate impact occurs when an employer’s policies adversely affect employees based on race, ethnicity, skin color or similar characteristics.
Contact our Los Angeles employment lawyers today if you are experiencing racial discrimination at your workplace. You could be entitled to damages, as it is immoral and illegal. Call us today to discuss your options.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles employment attorneys