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Things to know about race and color discrimination

Race and color discrimination remains a problem throughout the United States. Despite the fact that there are many laws protecting against this, some companies continue to act in an illegal manner.

As the name suggests, race discrimination results in one party treating another, such as an employee or applicant, unfavorably because of his or her race or skin color.

Note: Race and color discrimination can also take place if a person is treated unfavorably due to one's relationship with a person of a particular race or color, such as a spouse.

There are numerous federal and state laws in place to protect employees and applicants against race discrimination. It is clear that the law does not stand for race discrimination in any aspect of employment, including but not limited to hiring, firing, promotions, training, layoffs, and benefits. If it has anything to do with employment, race or skin color should never come into play.

Companies are also prohibited from implementing a policy or practice that discriminates against people of a particular race or skin color. This is why every employer needs to be aware of the law when creating and implementing policies and practices.

As an employee or job applicant in Palm Beach, you should understand the ins and outs of race and color discrimination. This can help you pinpoint a problem, such as being discriminated against during the interview process.

It's not easy to understand that race discrimination remains an issue in today's age, but this is the truth. Fortunately, most companies realize that everybody should be treated the same.

Source: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, "Race/Color Discrimination," accessed Feb. 29, 2016

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