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Racial discrimination in the workplace.

Racial discrimination in the workplace is illegal in California, and employees have several laws that protect them from discrimination and retaliation against reporting such discrimination. Our Orange County employment lawyers protect and fight for employees who have suffered due to racial discrimination. If you are currently facing racial discrimination in the workplace, or have lost your job because of it, our firm will fight for you. Contact our Orange County employment law office today for a free consultation.



What laws protect me from racial discrimination in the workplace?


The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, mental or physical disability, medical condition, marital status, or age.


Under the FEHA, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee or job applicant based on their race in any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, promotions, pay, and work assignments. Additionally, employers are prohibited from retaliating against employees who report or oppose racial discrimination in the workplace.


Another law that protects employees from racial discrimination in California is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against employees based on their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.


Why should I report racial discrimination in the workplace?


It is important for employees subjected to racial discrimination in the workplace to file a complaint with their HR department, the Civil Rights Department (CRD), or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Doing so will allow you to establish a paper trail on your discrimination. Your employers are responsible for preventing discrimination, so they will be responsible for further racial discrimination that you may face.


What if my employer retaliates against me for reporting racial discrimination?


Employees who have been retaliated against for reporting discrimination may also file a complaint with the CRD or EEOC. Retaliation can include any adverse employment action taken by the employer against the employee due to their reporting of discrimination, such as demotion, termination, or a reduction in pay or hours. If you are retaliated against for reporting racial discrimination, then your employer will be liable for additional damages.


What can I do if I have been racially discriminated against at work?


Racial discrimination in the workplace is illegal in California, and employees have several laws that protect them from discrimination and retaliation against reporting such discrimination. If you believe you have been subjected to racial discrimination in the workplace, it is important to seek legal advice and act as soon as possible to protect your rights.


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