Discrimination on the basis of someone’s skin color is unthinkable, though it’s something that, unfortunately, still happens in the workplace today. That being said, if you were discriminated against in your place of employment because of the color of your skin, you can rely on a knowledgeable Los Angeles employment discrimination lawyer at the RD Law Group to fight for you. Read on to learn more about your rights and how our firm can help protect them. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What laws protect employees from color discrimination in California?
Both federal law (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964) and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act make it illegal for an employer to discriminate against his or her employees on the basis of any protected class. Color is considered a protected class. Under Title VII, “color” is defined as an individual’s skin pigmentation, complexion, or skin shade. If you can prove that you were discriminated against based on the color of your skin (e.g. you were fired from a job or you weren’t hired at a job solely because of the color of your skin), there is a very good chance that you will have a valid workplace discrimination claim.
What should I do if I am a victim of discrimination in the workplace?
After an act of discrimination occurs, you should report it either to your Human Resources department and collect any evidence of the discriminatory act. Additionally, if you are looking to file a discrimination claim against your employer, you should speak with an experienced California color discrimination attorney.
You and your attorney will file your discrimination claim either with the EEOC or with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. In your claim, we will provide proof of the incident(s) of discrimination. From here, as long as the agency you filed your claim with believes that you were, in fact, a victim of color-based discrimination, you should win your claim.
Keep in mind that the sooner you file your claim, the better, and if you are looking to file with the EEOC, you must do so within six months or 180 days of the last incident of discrimination.
If you have any other questions about discrimination claims in California, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the RD Law Group. Our firm is here to assist you today.