Fighting Against Race Discrimination In Employment

Although many Americans would like to believe that racism is no longer a problem in the United States, that is simply not the case. Evidence of racial discrimination can be seen both statistically and anecdotally – particularly in an employment context.

For better and worse, racism in the workplace is no longer overt. Racial slurs and jokes based on stereotypes have largely been replaced by lack of diversity, unfair treatment and wage disparities. But even though race discrimination may now be more subtle than in the past, it is no less harmful.

What Are Your Rights In An At-Will State?

New York is considered an employment at will state. Most people believe this means that private employers can hire and fire workers for any reason. That’s not true. There are some important laws governing what employers can and cannot do.

It is illegal under state and federal law for companies to make hiring, firing and promotion decisions based on any protected classes, including race and national origin. If you can demonstrate that race played a significant role in your firing, demotion or failure to get hired, you may be entitled to compensation.

How Can You Prove Race Discrimination?

Unfortunately, it is not always easy to prove racial discrimination, even if you strongly suspect that it has occurred. At Housh Law Offices, PLLC, we work with clients to look for larger patterns in employer behavior and workplace culture that could indicate discrimination. Examples include:

  • The workplace lacks diversity, and there are virtually no minority employees
  • You were passed over for a promotion that went to a white employee who was less qualified and had fewer years of experience
  • You were offered a job based on a phone interview, and the job offer was rescinded after an in-person meeting with the employer
  • You are given work duties different from and less desirable than those of your white co-workers
  • You learn that white employees in the same position and with the same qualifications are earning a higher salary

Not Sure If It Was Discrimination? Share Your Story With Us.

The attorneys at Housh Law Offices, PLLC, have decades of experience representing employees in employment disputes, including those involving discrimination. Our skilled lawyers want to hear your story, and we can tell you if you have an actionable case. Call our Buffalo or Rochester Offices at 716-362-1129 or fill out our convenient online contact form.