Race Discrimination

Race Discrimination Lawyers in Moorestown, NJ

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Every day, employers deny people jobs or promotions or terminate employees because of their race or the color of their skin. Millions of Americans face this very problem on a regular basis. That’s why we’re here to represent you and fight for your rights.

What Is Racial Discrimination?

Race discrimination occurs when someone subjects another person or group of people to unequal treatment because of their race. The federal law which specifically prohibits race-based discrimination is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It specifically protects employees and applicants for jobs from discrimination based on their race, color, religion, and more. It covers the full spectrum of possible areas for discrimination in a working environment. These areas include recruitment, hiring, firing, and all other decisions concerning employment. Additionally, the Civil Rights Act of 1991 strengthened the existing civil rights laws. Similar, and in many regards stronger and better, protections against race discrimination are provided by the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination.

Does Race Discrimination Need to Be Intentional?

Many different forms of racial discrimination exist in the workplace. These forms include both intentional discrimination and policy-based discrimination.

For example:

  • Intentional Discrimination: This occurs when any employment decision (hiring, firing, promotions, etc.) is made based on someone’s race. While it sometimes involves animosity toward one race, it can also involve conscious or unconscious stereotypes about traits, abilities, or performances of racial groups.
  • Unintentional (Policy-Based) Discrimination: Even policies believed by many to be neutral are discriminatory. Certain practices or policies might end up excluding racial groups in much larger percentages than others. If no business necessity exists for that practice, or if the need could be met in a less negatively impactful way, the practice is considered unlawful.

How Can You Prove Race Discrimination in the Workplace?

Many ways exist in which we prove racial discrimination in the workplace. Any good race discrimination lawyer will explore all possible avenues for finding evidence that supports your case.

Some of the ways in which we look for evidence of race discrimination are:

  • Direct Evidence: While rare, direct evidence is something that clearly proves a fact. If possible, you want as much of this type of evidence as possible, as it greatly strengthens your case. However, companies and organizations go to great lengths to hide or destroy this evidence. They’re aware that, if found, that evidence might lead to a discrimination lawsuit against them.
  • Indirect (Circumstantial) Evidence: This type of evidence does not directly prove the fact of racial discrimination. However, it serves as evidence of other facts which point to racial discrimination in the workplace.

For comprehensive guidance and representation, reach out to our New Jersey race discrimination lawyers by filling out our online contact form today.

What Should You Do If You Are Facing a Hostile Workplace?

To begin with, for a court to find that you’ve been subjected to a hostile work environment, you must show the complained-of conduct:

  • would not have occurred but for the employee's race.
  • was severe or pervasive enough to make a reasonable person believe that the conditions of employment are altered, and the working environment is hostile or abusive.

The steps to take if you face a hostile work environment include:

  • Address the issue directly: This is a difficult step to take, but a necessary one. Do not ignore the offense. Speak with those who wronged you and be direct. Let them know that you do not tolerate their hostile behavior, and that you view it as harassment.
  • Document what happens: Especially if the hostile situation is ongoing, write everything down as soon as possible. Relying on memory is not a good idea. Then, approach your Human Resources department or your supervisor. Advise them of the situation and ask for help.
  • Take the issue to management: If necessary, elevate the situation. Someone in authority must be made aware of the situation. However, remain calm and professional. Give them specific examples of the harassment you faced.
  • Hire a race discrimination lawyer: The sooner you speak with a race discrimination lawyer, the sooner you have legal backing for your case. Without additional help from a trained professional, many of these cases never improve. Some even worsen over time. Attorneys are there to help you, and to view your case with an unbiased, well-trained eye.

Do I Need a Race Discrimination Lawyer?

No matter how large or small you think your case may be, discrimination is not something to take lightly. In some cases, you might not even know for sure until you consult with a qualified race discrimination lawyer. Researching independently is a great start, but it will only get you so far. Oftentimes, many details and subtleties are involved in these cases. For that reason, you’ll want someone with the ability and knowledge to go through those details to gather evidence and support for your case.

Contact a New Jersey Race Discrimination Lawyer Today

If you have experienced race discrimination in the workplace, you need a qualified race discrimination attorney.

To schedule a consultation with us, please fill out our online intake form.

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