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An overview of racial discrimination at work

On Behalf of | Oct 26, 2019 | Racial Discrimination At Work

Florida employers may engage in both overt and subtle forms of racial discrimination. While such behavior is generally prohibited in the workplace, it can be difficult to detect it when it occurs. This is because there could be many reasons why a company decided to hire one person over another or promote one individual at the expense of another. However, there may be clues that an employer made a decision based on a person’s race as opposed to an individual’s qualifications.

In rare cases, employers may actually ask questions about a person’s race during an interview. They may also have a pattern of failing to hire or promote minorities. If a minority is passed over for someone who is not qualified for a particular position, that could be strong evidence of racial discrimination. It’s important to note that federal law prohibits employers from taking almost any action that could have a greater impact on one race over another.

Employers are not allowed to pay certain people less because of their race as well as withhold benefits or terminate workers because of their skin color. Individuals cannot be segregated in the workplace based on race or other characteristics that have no legitimate business purposes. Finally, companies are not allowed to enact discriminatory policies even if they are not meant to harm a certain group.

Obtaining Boca Raton, Florida, workplace racial discrimination legal assistance may be helpful in an employment law case. An attorney may review hiring records or other personnel files in an effort to uncover racial disparities in hiring or promoting employees. This may help an individual establish that he or she was a victim of discrimination. If a claim is successful, a worker may be entitled to compensation.