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Race discrimination in the workplace

It is a shame to think about the many people in Florida, as well as other parts of the country, that have been a victim of race discrimination in the past. Even more troubling is the fact that this problem is likely to continue well into the future.

Even though there are laws in place that forbid race discrimination in the workplace, it does not stop some people from crossing the line.

Discrimination comes in many forms, such as when related to firing, hiring, pay, promotions, job responsibilities, benefits, training and layoffs.

It is simple to understand this statement from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission:

"It is unlawful to harass a person because of that person's race or color."

Some people knowingly harass a person, despite the laws, while others are not sure of what this actually entails. Harassment can include everything from racial slurs to displaying offensive symbols.

It is also important to note that an employment practice or policy that applies to all employees may be considered illegal if it leads to negative consequences for a particular group of people.

Race discrimination in the workplace can happen in any company, regardless of size or industry, at any time. There is no way of knowing when a person will make a poor decision that causes harm to another party.

Nobody wants to be a victim of race discrimination, but many find this to be reality at some point in his or her working career. If this happens, the person may decide to speak with an employment law attorney about his or her rights.

Source: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, "Race/Color Discrimination" Dec. 09, 2014

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