Race & National Origin Discrimination
America is perhaps the world's most racially diverse nation. While this diversity is certainly a point of pride, it can also lead to racial tension or prejudice in the workplace. Since this prejudice can directly harm your career and negatively impact your job opportunities, employment laws like Title VII the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, the New York Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights Law all make race and national origin discrimination in the workplace illegal.
If you have experienced discrimination or harassment based on your race or national origin at work, your rights may have been violated. Call us or contact our employment law firm to schedule an appointment with an experienced New Jersey employment lawyer.Fighting Workplace Racial Discrimination in New York and New Jersey
We fight to enforce our clients' rights to be free from race discrimination and harassment at work. We help employees of all racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, including:
- Arabic/Middle Eastern
- Indian or Native American
Our employment law attorneys have handled multiple precedent-setting cases that have improved workplace conditions for employees in both New York and New Jersey. If you have suffered race or national origin discrimination, we can help.How Do I Know if I Have Been the Victim of Race Discrimination?
It is often difficult to know if you have been the victim of race or national origin discrimination. Generally, though, you can ask yourself two questions:
- Was I fired, denied a job, passed over for a promotion, harassed, given lower pay or benefits, or otherwise treated worse than my co-workers?
- Do I think my race is one of the reasons why I was treated worse?
If you can honestly answer "yes" to both of those questions, then you should have an employment lawyer who is experienced in race and national origin discrimination law evaluate your case. Even if you have not been fired, denied a job, passed over for a promotion, harassed or received less compensation or benefits than other employees, you may still have been the victim of a "constructive discharge," where the employer makes working conditions so intolerable that you must quit.
See our employer retaliation page for more information about constructive discharges.Not All Workplace Racism Is Caused by Conscious Bigotry
In fact, in this day and age, it is relatively rare to encounter an employer in New York or New Jersey that overtly and consciously mistreats employees based on their race. More often, supervisors or managers simply express an unconscious preference for employees who are more like themselves, or a bias against employees who are different from them. Fortunately, race and national origin discrimination can be illegal regardless of whether the employer consciously intended to discriminate.Contact Us
To meet with an employment lawyer, contact our firm online or call us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your racial or national origin discrimination matter. Our offices are located in Hackensack, New Jersey, Roseland, New Jersey, and New York City.