The Color of Your Skin or Your Nationality
Should Not Affect Your Livelihood
In a country made up of immigrants, it is unfortunately still common for people to be discriminated against because of their race or national origin. Every day, people are judged, disciplined and not hired because whoever is in a supervisory position has a bias against their color or country of origin. These practices are illegal. Racial and national origin discrimination is strictly prohibited by local, state, and federal anti-discrimination statutes.
At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., our Queens and Long Island race and national origin discrimination attorneys are committed to protecting the legal rights of employees—not large companies. We have the skills, training, and compassion to handle the full range of racial and national origin discrimination claims. If you or your loved one was a victim of racism in the workplace, we are here to help. For a free, confidential consultation with an experienced employment discrimination lawyer, please call us at (347) 727-0661 or contact us online.
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Sometimes these “Jekyll and Hyde” switches occur because a superior learned something about a subordinate that then caused him or her to have a negative bias, like the employee was of a certain religion or sexual orientation. Sometimes the reason is more obvious, like a bias against people of a certain race, being male or female, a woman becoming pregnant or people with disabilities.
Other Employment Law Issues
What is Race Discrimination?
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defines race/color discrimination as treating a person (applicant or employee) unfavorably because of their race or because of characteristics that are commonly associated with race. In practice, workplace race discrimination can come in many different forms:
- It is illegal for employers to ask about your race during an interview, although they can collect the information during the application process for affirmative action purposes;
- It is illegal to not hire you, fire you, discipline you, not promote you, or a take any other adverse action against you that is motivated, even just in part,on your race; and
- It is illegal to subject an employee to a hostile work environment on the basis of their race or color.
If you believe that you have been harassed, passed over for employment or promotion, fired, or disciplined because of the color of your skin, we want to hear your story. We have the knowledge to pick out the important details of what you tell us to indicate how you have been discriminated against and what you can do about it. Your story is the best defense you have in your fight for your rights because it is the foundation of your case.
Racial Discrimination is a Violation of Local, State, and Federal Law
Employees in New York are protected against race discrimination on multiple levels. First, depending on your jurisdiction, there may be local laws in place. As an example, the New York City Human Rights Law contains strong protections against workplace racism. At the state level, the New York State Human Rights Law prohibits race discrimination in the workplace. Finally, race/color discrimination in employment is barred by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Some individuals may also have Constitutional protections under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
We know that workplace racism claims are complicated. It is not always easy to know the best approach to take to protect your rights and get justice. Employees are encouraged to read more about race discrimination on our FAQ page. If you have any specific questions about your case, your rights, or your options, please call our New York City and Long Island employment lawyers for immediate assistance.
National Origin Discrimination is Also Unlawful
Many people believe that if they have the same skin color as another person, he or she will not act with bias against them. But national origin discrimination happens all the time. A woman from Russia may discriminate against a woman from Poland. A man from Mexico may harass a man from Ecuador. Tensions between nations don’t stop at their borders. They are carried throughout the world into many different situations, even your workplace.
While there may be an overlapping racial element in a national origin discrimination case, one is not required.
Discrimination May Be Concealed With Pretextual Reasoning
Although it does still happen in some cases, most employers do not openly admit to the fact that they are discriminating based on an employee’s race or national origin —at least not intentionally. Instead, an employer who allegedly discriminates against his or her employees or applicants will tell you that it had nothing to do with your race or national origin.
Sometimes this is true, sometimes it is not. In employment law, this is often referred to as ‘pretextual reasoning’. Put simply, a pretextual reasoning is a false but legal reason used to hide the true motivations. If you believe that your employer is coming up with pretextual reasons to cover up discrimination, call a lawyer immediately. Our Queens and Long Island NY workplace discrimination attorneys are ready to conduct an in-depth investigation.
How the Workplace Discrimination Attorneys at Ricotta & Marks Can Help
It is illegal to discriminate against or harass someone in the workplace because of their race or national origin. If you are treated differently than people of a different race or nationality, you are suffering discrimination and you have the right to stop it. The employment law team at Ricotta & Mark, P.C. can help. We are ready to take aggressive action to protect your rights—including helping you file a case with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), New York State Division of Human Rights, New York City Commission on Human Rights, or a federal or state lawsuit for racial and/or national origin discrimination and work with you to see it through to the end, whether that is a settlement or going to court.