Racial Discrimination

You may have a good job, but appreciating it is difficult when you’re being treated differently or adversely by your co-workers or supervisor because of your race.

Racial discrimination continues to be a serious problem in the workplace, despite efforts to promote racial sensitivity and diversity.

If you work in Colorado and feel you are being treated unfairly because of your race, you need to talk to a Denver employment lawyer who specializes in dealing with racial discrimination cases.

Colorado Discrimination Law

Employers are prohibited from discriminating against an employee based on age, race, sex, religion, nationality, pregnancy or disability, and such criteria are prohibited from being used in consideration for termination, wages, promotions or job assignments.

Examples of Racial Discrimination

Racial discrimination in the workplace occurs when an employee is treated differently because of his or her race, color or ethnicity. Some examples of racial discrimination are as follows:

  • Hiring/firing/promotions: You don’t get hired for a job you applied for despite having the qualifications and experience because the company’s customers or longtime clients prefer not to deal with Hispanics. You are laid off and are told that company reorganization is the reason, yet you can’t help but notice your White co-workers with the same job as yours and less tenure still have their jobs. You have been repeatedly skipped over for promotions despite having worked for your company for many years, during which you have received glowing reviews. If that wasn’t bad enough, the person who got the job is White and less qualified.
  • Pay: You’ve worked your way up through the ranks to become a project manager, and you discover that a White project manager with the same training and experience was hired and will be paid much more than you currently get paid.
  • Job classification: Your salary and job classification has pretty much remained stagnant over time, yet that of your White colleagues has been periodically adjusted to reflect their increased job responsibilities.
  • Harassment: You have a colleague who routinely tells jokes insulting Blacks, Latinos and other minorities, and despite voicing your displeasure and discomfort to both him and your boss, the behavior continues.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects persons from race-based discrimination in employment. It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against a person because of his or her race in hiring, firing, promotion, raises and other job opportunities.

All private employers, state and local governments, and educational institutions that employ more than 15 staff are covered under Title VII, as are private and public employment agencies, joint labor management committees controlling apprenticeship, training and labor organizations.