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Race discrimination facts and information

Race discrimination in the workplace is against the law in the state of Florida, as well as the rest of the United States. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects workers against discrimination. This includes many types of discrimination, such as race, national origin, religion and sex.

It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against a worker or applicant because of his or her race or color. This holds true regarding the following:

-- Hiring

-- Termination

-- Promotion

-- Compensation

-- Job training

-- Other conditions associated with employment

To go along with direct race discrimination, an equal employment opportunity cannot be impacted because of an association, such as marriage, to a person of another race. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission notes that discrimination for an immutable characteristic is a violation of Title VII.

Harassment or retaliation on the basis of race also violates Title VII. Examples of harassment can include derogatory comments, racial jokes, and harmful physical and verbal conduct. It is also a violation of Title VII to segregate or classify employees based on race. This can be as simple as isolating a particular person of a particular race from others.

There is no place for race discrimination in the state of Florida or anywhere else in the country. Even so, there are companies and people who continually cross the line, either on purpose or unintentionally.

If a person feels he or she is being discriminated against because of his or her race, then he or she has the right to learn more about Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to decide which course of action to take.

Source: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, "Facts About Race/Color Discrimination" Oct. 01, 2014

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