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Race and color discrimination: Things you need to know

Did you know that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provides protection against employment discrimination on the basis of both race and color?

Simply put, it is against the law to discriminate against a job candidate or employee because of his or her race or color.

Even with federal and state laws in place, there are still companies that discriminate against employees and/or applicants.

Here are some important things you need to know about race and color discrimination:

  • Job requirements must be consistently applied to workers of all races and colors.
  • While there are times when employers need to legitimately collect information about race, such as for affirmative action reasons, there is a right and wrong way of doing so.
  • Employers are prohibited to partake in discrimination in compensation, benefits and other privileges of employment.
  • Race and color harassment is also a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
  • It is against Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to physically isolate minority employees from other workers and/or customers.

It's easy to believe that race and color discrimination would no longer be a problem, but this isn't true. Every year, employees and job applicants file lawsuits against employers for this form of discrimination.

Every worker and job candidate must receive fair treatment from their employer, regardless of his or her race or color. When this doesn't happen, the employer can find himself or herself in trouble with the law.

If you have any reason to believe you have been the victim of race or color discrimination, you need to make note of what happened to ensure the proper resolution in the long run.

It may not be something you want to do, but discussing this with the HR department may be the first step you take. If you don't make any progress, you may want to learn more about your legal rights and if you're in position to receive compensation for the way you have been treated.

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