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Common Types Of Racial Discrimination In The Workplace

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Racial discrimination is one of the most common forms of discrimination in the workplace and occurs when employers treat workers unfairly due to their racial identity. Whether this discrimination is intentional or unintentional, it can make for a very hostile work environment. 

Here are the most common types of racial discrimination in the workplace.

Direct Harassment

Harassment is one of the most common types of racial discrimination at work and may include rude remarks about skin color and racial slurs. Racial discrimination can also include light teasing and displaying symbols associated with racism, like a swastika. 

Hiring Decisions

Federal law makes it illegal for companies to make hiring decisions based on race, including facial features, skin tone, hair texture and other racial characteristics. However, that doesn’t mean that some employers don’t try and still get away with this. If you have reason to believe that you weren’t hired solely due to your race, you may want to speak with an employment litigation lawyer.

Unfair Disciplinary Actions

Sometimes it is necessary to discipline employees for their wrongdoings. However, if employers disproportionately discipline workers of a certain race, it may be considered discrimination. For example, if black employees always get reprimanded for being tardy by a few minutes while white employees never get written up for being late, this may be racial discrimination.


Racial discrimination can also come in the form of pay discrepancies. Although employers are prohibited from paying workers less because of their race, some still and try to get away with it. An example of this may be a black manager earning less than a white manager with similar experience.

Overlooked Promotions

Some employees, no matter their talent or ambition, are unable to move past their current positions because of the color of their skin. For example, if you’re a black employee and always get turned down for promotions despite your extensive experience and training, you may be facing racial discrimination.

Unequal Access to Training

All employees have the right to receive adequate training after getting hired for a new position, regardless of their race. Unfortunately, however, sometimes employees of certain races may receive less training than employees of other races. This is a form of racial discrimination.

What to Do If You’re Facing Racial Discrimination at Work

If you believe you are being discriminated against at work for your race, the legal professionals at Eric Siegel Law may advise you to first bring up your concerns to your supervisor or human resources department and file a formal complaint in writing. If you have evidence of racial discrimination, such as emails or audio recordings, you should gather it.

If you plan to file a racial discrimination lawsuit, you may want to hire an employment litigation lawyer. These lawsuits can be quite complex and you want someone knowledgeable and experienced on your side. A lawyer can look out for your best interests and improve your chances of a favorable outcome.

Schedule a meeting with an employment lawyer today.


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