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Is race discrimination the same as color discrimination?

On Behalf of | Aug 18, 2021 | Race Discrimination

Experiencing race discrimination or color discrimination in the workplace can be frightening and humiliating. The self-esteem of those in Pasadena who were harassed or wrongfully terminated based on their race or color is left in tatters. After all, we cannot change our race or the color of our skin any more than we can change the color of our eyes.

Race and color discrimination in the workplace violates federal law. It is important to understand the difference between race discrimination and color discrimination in the workplace and the rights victims of such discrimination have.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits workplace discrimination

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 dictates what constitutes race and color discrimination in the workplace. This law prohibits race discrimination and color discrimination in any aspect of employment, such as hiring, terminating, promoting, demoting and training. Workplace harassment based on race or color is also prohibited. Having prohibitions on race discrimination in the workplace and also color discrimination in the workplace may seem unnecessarily superfluous, but there are differences that warrant prohibiting both types of discrimination.

What is race discrimination under the Act?

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, race discrimination occurs when a worker or job applicant is treated unfavorably due to their race or physical characteristics associated with their race. For example, if an employer treats an employee unfavorably due to the texture of their hair or the shape of their eyes, this constitutes race discrimination.

What is color discrimination under the Act?

Color discrimination, on the other hand, occurs when an employer treats a worker or job applicant unfavorably due to the color of their skin. For example, if an employer treats a worker unfavorably due to the darkness of the employee’s skin, regardless of the employee’s race, this constitutes color discrimination.

Victims of race or color discrimination or harassment have rights

Victims of race or color discrimination have rights that deserve to be protected. They have the right to file a claim with the EEOC known as a “Charge of Discrimination.” Following that the worker will have an interview with an EEOC employee to discuss the aggrieved acts. The EEOC will investigate the charge. Following that, the EEOC will determine whether they should pursue a lawsuit. If they decide not to pursue a lawsuit, the worker can pursue a lawsuit on their own. While filing a lawsuit may seem extreme, sometimes it is the only way a victim of workplace race or color discrimination or harassment can resolve the issue in a satisfactory manner.

 

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