If you've been the victim of racial discrimination in the workplace, you're not alone. Although discrimination in any form is illegal, it is still a common occurrence in many places of employment. Nearly 1 million workplace discrimination complaints were filed between 2009 and 2018. Unfortunately, only about 15% of the racial discrimination claims were successful, even though they accounted for the majority of discrimination claims. That doesn't mean you need to should accept racial discrimination. If you've been the victim of racial discrimination in the workplace, you need to seek legal action as soon as possible. If you're not sure that you've been the victim of discrimination, read the information provided below. If you've had any of these situations happen to you, it's time to speak to an attorney.
You've Been Stereotyped
If you've ever been subjected to stereotyping in the workplace, you may have been the victim of racial discrimination. Unfortunately, stereotyping isn't always easy to identify, especially in the workplace. Racial stereotyping can occur when you apply for a job requiring advanced education, but you're pointed in the direction of the "no education required" jobs. Or, you're the one picked to provide racially stereotypical food for company parties. If you've been subjected to these types of situations, it's time to seek legal advice.
You've Lost Out on Promotions
If you've been at the same job for years, but you keep getting passed over for promotions, you may be the victim of racial discrimination. This is especially true of co-workers with less experience and education are being promoted ahead of you. If that's happening, take a close look at the race of those who are being promoted ahead of you. If you see a pattern of behavior, speak to an attorney as soon as possible.
You've Been Singled-Out for Natural Hair
If you've ever been sent home or singled out because of your hair, racial discrimination may be at play. Hair discrimination is a real threat to the United States. Unfortunately, most states don't recognize hair discrimination as a form of racial discrimination in the workplace. There are some states that have taken steps to protect natural hair. California and New York are two of those states. Luckily, other states are joining the ranks of those that provide protection against racial discrimination based on hair. If you've been singled out because you've chosen to maintain a natural hairstyle, contact a discrimination attorney near you.