Race Discrimination

You begin to notice that other employees not of your race are being treated better in the workplace. They are getting more money for the same job, more promotions, more overtime and more training, and better performance evaluations. Yet you are just as qualified, and maybe you are more qualified. Yet the people of another race are treated more favorably, just because of the color of their skin. That is not right, and it's illegal. You cannot be subjected to race discrimination at work.Federal Law, New York State Law, and New York City Law prohibit it.

Race and color are related concepts under discrimination law. For example, you may be subject to discrimination based on the lightness or darkness of your skin, regardless of what “race” you belong to. Race can also include race-linked characteristics, such as sickle cell anemia and cultural identification. You may also be subject to discrimination based not on your race, but because you associate with persons of another race. For example, you may date people of other races, have interracial friendships, be married to a person of another race or have biracial children. Your employer may believe in stereotypes about your race, such as your desire or ability to be promoted. Some employers may assign employees based on racial characteristics; for example, some retail chains will assign employees of a particular race to work locations serving a particular race, or segregate supervisors by the race of employees who they supervise. Race discrimination may also occur in a “race plus” situation; for example, there may be discrimination against black females, even though black males and white women are not subject to discrimination.

Sometimes you tell us that you are subjected to a hostile environment or harassment based on your race at work. People are using those explicit offensive words, they are leaving offensive pictures on your desk, and sending you offensive emails. There are explicit racist actions, such as a display of a hangman’s noose, or explicit racist remarks, such as referring to you as “boy” or worse. Or they use code words or insulting “jokes.” But you and the harasser know what they mean. You don't have to spell it out when you want to insult someone because of the racial group they belong to. A hostile environment based on race is illegal under Federal Law, New York State Law, and New York City Law. The New York City Law is the most protective because there is no requirement, as under Federal statutes, that the harassment be so severe or pervasive as to actually be deemed to alter the terms and conditions of employment.

In our more than 25 years of experience, we have been helped hundreds of employees subjected to racial discrimination and to a hostile environment based on race, and we will be your lawyer for negotiations or a court suit in New York State Courts or New York City so that injustice is stopped.

Contact us online or call us at (212) 949-1001 for a free initial consultation today to determine whether you have been subjected to racial discrimination.