Florida employees should be perform their jobs without fear of harassment or discrimination on the basis of their race. Racial discrimination in the workplace is illegal on both state and federal levels, yet it continues to be a problem for many. Those who experience this type of treatment are often afraid to speak out because they fear they will lose their job or face retaliation of some kind.
Victims of racial discrimination or harassment in the workplace may not be certain that what they are experiencing counts as discrimination. Sometimes this behavior is more subtle, while other times it is aggressive and blatant. This can happen when an employer passes over a deserving employee for a promotion because of race. It can also happen at other stages of the employment process, such as during the hiring stage or in decisions regarding termination.
Race can also be an unfair consideration in determinations involving pay, benefits and downsizing. If an employee suspects this is what is happening, it may be worthwhile to seek legal counsel regarding options. An assessment of the circumstances can determine if the employee is the victim of discrimination or harassment.
Racial discrimination has no place in a Florida workplace. Through a civil claim, it may be possible to hold an employer accountable for his or her actions or for allowing the continuation of a hostile work environment. An investigation into the the specific treatment experienced by the employee can determine if discrimination played a role and what legal steps are appropriate going forward.