Redondo Beach Race Discrimination Lawyer
While we would all like to believe that society has progressed beyond the problem of workplace racism, we also know that is not the reality we live in. Indeed, many workers throughout Los Angeles County continue to face race-based discrimination when it comes to applying for work, as well as racial harassment in their existing workplaces. In many cases, this racism is severe or pervasive enough to make working conditions intolerable.
If you have been the target of such racism, it is important to understand you have a legal remedy. A qualified Redondo Beach race discrimination lawyer can advise and represent you in filing a discrimination claim with federal and state authorities–and if necessary by suing a current, former, or prospective employer directly. At the Obagi Law Group, P.C., we take race discrimination seriously. It is against the law and we will make every effort to obtain justice on behalf of a client who has suffered as a result of such racism.
Race-based Discrimination Can Take Many Forms
California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1984 forbid discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, or national origin. When we say “discrimination,” what we mean is that you cannot be treated less favorably with respect to any employment-related matter. This includes:
- whether or not to hire a job applicant;
- whether or not to promote an existing employee;
- how much an employee is paid with respect to hourly wages, salary, or fringe benefits;
- the quality and nature of an employee’s job assignments;
- whether to select an employee for a training program; and
- whether to discipline, lay off, or discharge an employee.
In addition to these forms of overt discrimination, it is also against the law for an employer to promote or tolerate a hostile work environment that targets individuals based on race. For example, if a Black employee is forced to work with non-Black colleagues who constantly make racist and demeaning comments in their presence, that is a form of race-based harassment, which in turn is treated as race discrimination under the law. The affected employee can take legal action against the employer and potentially recover substantial monetary damages.
It is also considered race discrimination to take someone’s “perceived” race into account when making employment-related decisions. For instance, an employer who refuses to hire a job applicant because they believe they are from a specific country or belong to a particular racial group is still illegal even if that belief is false. Ignorance is not a defense to a race discrimination.
Contact the Obagi Law Group Today
Victims of race discrimination do need to follow certain procedural rules when bringing a charge against an employer. A skilled Redondo Beach race discrimination lawyer can guide you through this process to help maximize your chance of proving your case. Contact the Obagi Law Group, P.C., today to schedule a free initial consultation with a member of our Los Angeles County employment law team today.