Have You Experienced Workplace Racial Discrimination?
Allen Employment Attorney Can Explain Your Possible Legal Options
The Texas Labor Code and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protect you from racial discrimination in the workplace. An employer cannot make job-related decisions based on your color or other physical characteristics associated with your race. Unfortunately, employers may sometimes ignore these laws and mistreat workers with discriminatory workplace policies or harassment. If you experienced race discrimination in the workplace, then you may have options to pursue damages against your employer.
Employment attorney Dan A. Atkerson has more than 32 years of experience representing North Texans harmed by workplace racial discrimination. Our law firm has successfully fought for employees of small and large businesses, as well as Fortune 500 companies. We represent workers throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex from our office in Allen. This includes residents of Frisco, Plano, McKinney and Richardson.
What are Examples of Racial Discrimination in the Workplace?
Racial discrimination is not always obvious, nor does it apply solely to one group. Individuals of any race, including multi-racial individuals, can be victims of discrimination at work. Examples of workplace racism may include job-related decisions such as:
- Hiring or firing workers. It is against the law for employers to use race for making hiring and job termination decisions.
- Job assignments. It is unlawful for employers to use race as a basis for assigning promotions or other job duties. For example, it could be illegal for an employer to single out workers of a specific race for a promotion while denying the same opportunity to other equally-qualified workers.
- Compensation decisions. Employers cannot base decisions for pay, benefits or other privileges on race.
- Harassment. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also protects workers from racial harassment. Racial harassment in the workplace may include racial slurs and/or jokes.
- Pre–employment inquiries. It is against the law for employers to target jobseekers in a discriminatory manner.
- Workplace segregation. Employers cannot segregate workers based on their race or color.
Workplace racism does not need to be intentional for it to be illegal. You may be able to file a civil rights claim, regardless of your employer’s intentions. Additionally, employers cannot commit workplace retaliation against an employee who reports racial discrimination or who participates in a workplace discrimination investigation.
How Can a Discrimination Lawyer Help My Workplace Racism Claim?
If you are experiencing workplace racism, then it is important to contact an attorney right away. An attorney can help during any stage of a workplace discrimination complaint:
- Compiling evidence. An attorney can help determine whether you have a case against your employer. Employment contracts, electronic communications and personal journals may become useful evidence for filing a complaint.
- Filing your claim. You can file a workplace discrimination claim with the Texas Workforce Commission’s Civil Rights Division (TWC) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). An attorney can help you with the presentation of evidence so your complaint is more likely to succeed.
- Protecting you from retaliation. Your employer may attempt to retaliate against you for filing a workplace discrimination claim. However, an attorney can help take steps to hold your employer accountable for these actions.
- File a lawsuit and subpoena documents. After investigating your claim, the EEOC or TWC may send you back a Right to Sue letter. At this point, your attorney can file a lawsuit against your employer on your behalf. During the discovery phase of the lawsuit, your attorney can subpoena documents from your employer that may help your claim.
Harmed by Workplace Racial Discrimination? Contact Our North Dallas Employment Attorney for a Free Consultation
If you have been the victim of race discrimination in the workplace, then our North Texas discrimination lawyer can help you understand your possible legal options. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to file a lawsuit against your employer. Damages from this lawsuit can include back pay as well as reinstatement and other costs that resulted from your employer’s actions.
Call the Law Offices of Dan A. Atkerson at (214) 383-3606 for a free consultation explaining your possible legal options. You can also reach us by filling out our online case review form.