In California where there is a wide diversity of cultures and races, it is impossible for one not to experience racial discrimination or at least some form of it. According to studies, racial discrimination often arises when a minority group joins a larger group of a different race. When this happens, members of the majority would make fun, threaten or bully the members from the minority. Some of the features that other people make fun of include:

  • Skin color – People often discriminate against employees who have black or darker skin color. In some companies, they even impose rules that disqualify job applicants because of their skin color.
  • Facial features – Eyes, nose, lips and even the shape of the face are often the bases of discrimination.
  • Stature – Even if it is not a business necessity, a person's height is always considered by employers in job interviews and applications.

Racial discrimination also happens at work, often among employees. In some occasions though, even the employer takes discriminatory actions against his employees. Below are four types of racial discrimination that are common in the workplace:

  1. Direct discrimination – This type of discrimination is the most ruthless way to put an employee to shame. This often causes trauma, self-pity and depression to the victim.
  2. Indirect discrimination – This happens when an employer intentionally creates a hostile work environment for the employee. Indirect discrimination is committed by an employer if he reduces his employee's salary, gives him tight deadlines, etc.
  3. Harassment – Harassment actions cause employees to be offended. There are two main types of harassment: verbal and physical, and both of them cause emotional damages to the employee.
  4. Retaliation – If an employee has previously filed a complaint because of racial discrimination, his employer may take retaliatory actions against him. This is prohibited by federal and state laws.

If you are an employee and you have experienced any of the abovementioned types of racial discrimination, you should take legal action against the responsible party. If you have proven that what you have experienced are acts of discrimination, you can file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to conduct an investigation of your situation.

Under the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, employees should not be discriminated against in the workplace on the basis of race, age, gender, religion and disability. Still if someone at work discriminates against you, contact an Los Angeles employment attorney to help you file a case against him.