Racial Discrimination

Racism Is Against the Law in the Workplace

Massachusetts and federal laws provide specific protections against discrimination based on a worker’s race, color or national origin. As such, employers have a responsibility to implement and enforce policies that prevent racial discrimination of any form in the workplace.

Despite these laws, racism still exists at many companies. Forms of racial discrimination can include being passed over for a promotion or new job, inequitable pay raises, and inconsistent application of company policies among different races.

Racial discrimination can also manifest in many other ways. For example, the managers at a company are all of one race. Employees of color are held to higher standards than white employees — and are punished more harshly. Only certain job applicants are subjected to drug tests. People with certain kinds of hair, skin or countenance are the only ones allowed to work with customers.

Discrimination based on national origin can also exist in the workplace, occurring between people of different races, and between people of the same race but from different countries. It can happen between supervisors and subordinates, or between co-workers, creating a hostile work environment.

Massachusetts and federal law prohibit discrimination based on someone’s race, color or national origin in any aspect of employment: hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits and more.

We Protect Your Interests in Discrimination Claims

If you’ve been the victim of employment discrimination because of your race, color or national origin, you’re entitled to stand up for your rights. Our attorneys have extensive experience in employment litigation, and we can provide superior representation in complex racial discrimination claims. You can feel confident that we’ll work aggressively on your behalf. Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential consultation to discuss your racial discrimination claim.

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