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What does racial discrimination look like?

When it comes to racial discrimination in the workplace, it is not always easy to pinpoint. Even if people thinks they are victims, they don't often understand the finer details of putting an end to this once and for all. For this reason, they continue to deal with the discrimination, day in and day out.

Racial discrimination comes in many different forms. For example, a company may discriminate against applicants because of their race. Maybe a supervisor continues to pass a person over for a promotion due to the color of his or her skin.

There are both state and federal laws in place to help prevent racial discrimination. For example, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from the following:

-- Refusing or failing to hire a person because of his or her race.

-- Disciplining a person because of his or her race.

-- Failing to provide an opportunity, such as a promotion, because of a person's race.

-- Paying an employee less.

-- Improper classification of an employee as a result of race.

A person who feels he or she has been a victim of racial discrimination needs to collect as much information as possible. This is often easier for employees, as they are working for the company that discriminated against them. For applicants, it makes the most sense to note what occurred during the interview process, and then consult with the appropriate agency, such as the EEOC.

Racial discrimination comes in many forms. If a person becomes a victim, he or she should consider the options for resolving the problem.

Source: FindLaw, "Racial Discrimination in the Workplace," accessed June 30, 2015

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