Discrimination in the workplace is defined as treating, or proposing to treat, someone not fair because of a personal characteristic. There are many types of discrimination that can occur in the workplace but I will only be discussing racial discrimination in the workplace. A lot of times this type of discrimination takes place and is unnoticeable. For example, how do we really know that we did not get hired for the position because we were Hispanic, or because we did not speak Spanish? We honestly would never know unless the employer admits to it.
We as employees may never know why we were not hired for that promotion or position. An option would be to ask the employer but, it is very likely that the employer can make up any reason that is not based on race and make us believe them. Another this is that employers may be discriminating and not even realize it. An employer may only hire a certain race lets say because their interviews are all amazing and not even realize their staff is not diverse. On the bright side there are two types of laws against discrimination that protect us as employees.
First we have the federal anti discrimination laws. These are the laws that address racial discrimination in the workplace. This section is referred to as “Title VII” it prohibits employers from: failing or refusing to hire an employee based on their race, firing or disciplining an employee because of their race, paying an employee less or giving them fewer benefits because of their race, not giving an employee benefits at all because of their race, and much more.
Finally, we have the state anti-discrimination laws. States are involved fully when it comes to workplace discrimination. A lot of times people think the only ones involved is the federal law and that is not the case. The laws for state usually just mirror the federal laws. However every state is different. The main difference are the different procedures used compared to the federal level.
Racial Discrimination in the Workplace. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://employment.findlaw.com/employment-discrimination/racial-discrimination-in-the-workplace.html