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Top 10 Racial Discrimination Law Articles

Racial discrimination can include everything from general assumptions based on racial stereotypes to institutionalized racism by the media. It can happen anywhere to anyone. Racial discrimination has been a long-standing plague on modern society and as such the U.S. government has made it illegal to discriminate against someone because of his or her race.

As a starting point for people who have experienced racial discrimination or who are looking to familiarize themselves with the legal implications of racial discrimination in the workplace, the LegalMatch Law Library has compiled a list of the Top 10 Articles on Racial Discrimination Law.

1. Race and Nationality Discrimination

Both federal and state law usually prohibits employers from forcing not hiring or firing someone due to his or her race or national origin. Unfortunately racial discrimination does happen and that is why it is best to know what forms racial or national origin discrimination takes in order to document it so that you can later file a claim.

2. Prohibitions against Race and Nationality Discrimination

It is illegal to discrimination against someone because of their race. Thus, in order to win a racial discrimination case, you have to prove that race was the actual reason why you were treated differently than other workers.

3. Can I Sue My Employer for Racial Bias

If you have been discriminated against at work because of your race there are several options open to you. You might be able to have your problem resolved by the EEOC or you might be able to file a lawsuit against your employer on your own. Whatever you decide, make sure you consult with an attorney first to learn about your options.

4. Federal Race Discrimination Law

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects people from being discriminated against because of their race or color in the workplace. There are exceptions, as some discrimination is allowed if it is being used to further a valid affirmative action plan. Generally, however, you might be able to win on a claim of racial discrimination if you can show that race was a significant factor in why you were treated differently than others.

5. Racial Profiling

Racial profiling is used by law enforcement as a method to prevent crime and its presence and use is most visible in stop and frisk searches. However, though racial profiling is prevalent, there are several steps you can take to protect yourself from the adverse effects of racial profiling.

6. Racial Slurs and Hostile Work Environment

Racial discrimination in the work place is illegal when it creates a hostile work environment that makes it difficult or impossible for an employee to do his or her job. Thus, while one racial slur might not be enough for the court to rule that there was a hostile work environment, a constant barrage creating an atmosphere of racial hostility might be enough.

7. The EEOC: Race and Color Discrimination

The EEOC is a federal agency that combats discrimination in the workplace. It has also been given to power to enforce many anti-discrimination laws. It is usually the first place people go when seeking recovery from being discriminated against in the workplace since the EEOC can start a reconciliation process that might resolve the issue without needing to file a lawsuit.

8. Process of Filing a Racial Bias Claim

A resource for people who have been discriminated against at work because of their race is the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC should be the first stop in making an employment discrimination claim as they might be able to resolve the issue without resorting to litigation.

9. The EEOC Process for Discrimination Complaints

The EEOC handles all claims of discrimination in the workplace. The process for filing a discrimination claim is generally the same whether you or being discriminated against due to your age, gender, or race.

10. Reverse Discrimination

While the government put affirmative action in place in order to help minorities who have been historically disadvantage, it has had the unintended effect of leading to the discrimination of classes that have historically been privileged, AKA reverse discrimination.

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  • Jessica Tam

    LegalMatch Law Library Managing Editor

    Attorney at Law