Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 16964 prohibits employers who have at least 15 employees, as well as state and local governments, labor organizations, and employment agencies from discriminating against an employee or applicant based on his race.
Under it, covered employers cannot deny employment opportunities to a person who belongs in a certain racial group or is believed to be included it. In addition, they cannot base employment decisions on his race-connected characteristics like facial features, color, and hair texture or on his association or marriage with a person of a certain color or race.
Here are some examples of people who are protected by Title VII:
- Native Hawaiians
- Native Americans
- Pacific Islanders
- Multi-raced people
- People of any other color, ethnicity, or race
Although Title VII was made to protect people from race discrimination, this illegal act still happens in the workplace today. According to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) statistics, there are around 33,973 people who filed a racial discrimination complaint in the Fiscal Year of 2008.
If you believe that you are being subjected to discriminatory practices due to your race, it is advisable that you do the following:
- Take down notes- You should write down all the offensive or derogatory statements made by your employer and instances when you feel that you are being unjustly treated by him. For example, you can print out all email messages from your employer which are inappropriate and have racial epithets.
In addition, you should also monitor all of your employer's employment-related decisions that may be based on an employee's race like number of Asians or Latinos who were fired or demoted.
- Report the problem - If you were discriminated by your supervisor or employer, do not be afraid to follow the company's complaint policy or report the problem to a Human Resources (HR) personnel.
- Contact a Los Angeles discrimination lawyer - Talking to a legal expert will enable you determine if your employer's actions are discriminatory in nature.
- Contact EEOC- If the company failed to investigate your allegations; you can then file a complaint with the EEOC. This agency will conduct its own investigation in order to know if your employer is guilty of race discrimination.
After the investigation is conducted and evidence showed that you were subjected to discriminatory practices, EEOC will first try to resolve the problem in order to avoid a court battle. However, if both parties failed to come up with a reasonable agreement, the agency has the right to file a court case on your behalf.