Is Your Employer Overstepping the Mark? Find Out With These Examples of Racial Discrimination Today
If you are not sure whether your employer is discriminating illegally or displaying prejudice, DoNotPay can show you examples of racial discrimination today to help you choose the right course of action!
Racial discrimination is defined as the different treatment of an individual or group in the workplace based on their race.
It can take several forms, but the most common ones are:
De jure discrimination is the deliberate setting up of company policies to discriminate against certain people. An example would be a policy of hiring graduates from designated schools that are predominantly white.
De facto discrimination can happen despite anti-discrimination policies being in place and involves supervisors or managers practicing inadvertent discrimination. If a hiring manager uses racial stereotypes to pre-select candidates, this constitutes de facto discrimination.
The Equal Pay Act of 1963 states that all employees should be paid the same for doing the same work. If different members of a sales team receive different basic salaries and commission percentages, it could be classed as wage discrimination.
Harassment can take many forms, including:
Harassment can range from occasional inappropriate comments to systematic degradation of employees.
Any form of racial discrimination in the workplace is illegal under the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
These recent cases serve as examples of various types of racial discrimination. In each case, the plaintiff was the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC):
- EEOC v. Dollar General (2013)
- EEOC v. Nabors Corporate Services, Inc. (2019)
- EEOC v. Bass Pro Outdoor World, LLC (2017)
- EEOC v. Target Corp. (2015)
In this case, Dollar General was found guilty of de jure racial discrimination because of the criminal background checks on potential new hires, which disproportionately disadvantaged Black applicants. The discount retailer paid $6 million in compensation and had to revise its hiring policies.
The oil company Nabors was accused of ongoing harassment of Black employees over several years, as well as retaliation against employees who complained about the practices. The company agreed to pay $1.2 million in settlement to ten employees.
Bass Pro Outdoor World agreed to pay $10.5 million in damages to Hispanic and Black candidates it refused to hire due to their race.
Target Corp. settled for $2.8 million after the EEOC alleged that its hiring practices—in particular its testing procedures for professional positions—discriminated against candidates based on race, gender, and disability.
These examples demonstrate that de jure and de facto discrimination and harassment are still widespread in American companies.
Race still plays a major role in how much an employee earns in the U.S.
A study by the Census Bureau in 2018 revealed the following average earnings by particular ethnic groups, compared to $1 made by a white employee:
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The numbers indicate that wage discrimination in today’s society is still a significant issue.
If you face discrimination issues caused by your race, you need to take immediate action because the law is on your side.
You should raise the issue with your supervisor and your HR department—making sure that your complaints are logged and filed as official grievances.
If this fails to solve the problem, you may need to look for government help by contacting the EEOC and filing a complaint.
Your complaint is called a charge of discrimination and requires the EEOC to:
- Investigate your case
- Suggest appropriate next steps, such as:
To file your charge of discrimination, your local EEOC field office may ask you to attend an in-person interview, which can be complex and time-consuming. Luckily, DoNotPay has the answer—we can get your charge filed in a few clicks!
DoNotPay is the expert in making your life simple. Filing a charge of discrimination with the EEOC is no exception because DoNotPay can do it in three easy steps:
- Sign up for DoNotPay
- Navigate to our Fight Workplace Discrimination product
- Fill in the details of your complaint
We will take it from here. Once the EEOC receives your charge of discrimination, your nearest office will contact you to discuss how to proceed.
Is the discrimination you’re facing at work turning into proper harassment or even stalking? Are you considering suing your manager or colleague in small claims court? These unpleasant situations usually require lawyers, but they come with hefty fees.
DoNotPay is a powerful AI-powered app that can lead you through a small claims court case against anyone or serve them with a cease-and-desist letter. If discrimination turns into a hate crime, we can help you file for crime victims compensation or make a claim on your insurance.
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