Understanding Race/Color Discrimination

Race/color discrimination occurs when an employee (or applicant) is treated differently, hired or fired, because of the individual’s race or color. Fortunately, federal and state laws provide employees with specific protections that are aimed at preventing discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on an individual’s race/color:

  • 42 U.S.C. 1983,
  • 42 U.S.C. 2000e
  • Illinois Human Rights Act (775 ILCS 5/)

Importantly, race/color discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation are not limited to hiring or firing an individual because they are of a certain race or because of the color of the individual’s skin. Rather, race/color discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation can occur in more subtle ways. For example, it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an individual based on characteristics associated with an individual’s race/color (i.e., hair color/texture, complexion, certain facial features, having a spouse or child of different or mixed race).

While discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation based on an individual’s race/color may sometimes be as blatant as a racial slur, discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation can occur in a number of different, less blatant ways, which include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Racial slurs;
  • Offensive and/or derogatory remarks;
  • Offensive and/or derogatory symbols;
  • Failure to hire because of race/color;
  • Failure to promote because of race/color;
  • Failure to provide relevant training because of race/color;
  • Paying individuals of one race/color differently than those of other races/colors;
  • Offering individuals of a certain race/color different terms and conditions of employment.

Race/color discrimination occurs in many different ways throughout all kinds of workplaces; however, federal and state laws offer protections to employees who want to put a stop to race/color discrimination in the workplace.

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If you believe that you are being treated differently at work or have been terminated, because of your race/color, call one of our experienced employment discrimination attorneys and set up a free, no-obligation consultation today.

Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O’Neil, LLC, in Geneva, Illinois, provides aggressive legal representation in unlawful employment practices. Call our lawyers at 630-232-7450 or contact the office by email.