Race And Discrimination
Race discrimination at the workplace is treating employees differently because of their race, color, or ethnic origin. People that have been rejected for employment, held from promotion, fired or otherwise harmed in their workplace because of race, then may have suffered race discrimination.
Here are some simplified examples of potentially illegal race discrimination:
• Job Classification: At your workplace your responsibilities have increased over time, but your job classification and pay has remained the same, other colleagues at your same level of employment from a different race have their job classification and pay adjusted to reflect their increased responsibilities.
• Hiring/ Firing/ Promotions:
1- You apply for a job for which you have experience and excellent qualifications, but you are not hired because some of the company's long-time clients are not comfortable dealing with descendants of a particular race that you belong to.
2- You are told that you are being laid off due to company cutbacks and reorganization, while other employees with the same job and with less seniority than you keep their jobs.
3- You have worked for your company for several years, receiving exemplary reviews and an employee-of-the-year award, yet each of the five times you have applied for promotions, the positions you applied for are instead filled by less qualified people of a different race.
• Pay: You worked your way up to a higher position, a project manager with similar training and work experience was recently hired, and you find out that he will be paid more than you. You are a top salesperson for your company, but are moved to a less desirable territory because it is a minority neighborhood, while another employee with much lower sales is given your territory and client base, enabling him to make much more in commissions than you will make for several years.
• Harassment: One of your coworkers thinks it's “funny” to use the slurs and racial jokes in conversation; these comments make you very uncomfortable, and you've asked him to stop, but he tells you that you need to get a sense of humor; the boss tells you to ignore him, but doesn't talk to or discipline your coworker for his harassing behavior.Continued on the next page