Tampa Employment Attorney: Race Discrimination

Race discrimination is the act of treating an applicant or employee unfavorably because the individual is of a certain race or because of personal characteristics associated with race. Color discrimination is the act of treating an applicant or employee unfavorably because of skin color complexion. Discrimination can occur when the victim and the person who inflicted the discrimination are the same race or color.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects individuals against employment discrimination on the basis of race and color among other things. It is unlawful to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race or color in regard to hiring, termination, promotion, compensation, job training, or any other term, condition, or privilege of employment. It is illegal to base employment decisions on stereotypes and assumptions about abilities, traits, or the performance of individuals of certain racial groups. Additionally, Title VII prohibits both intentional discrimination and neutral job policies that disproportionately exclude minorities and that are not job related.

Equal employment opportunity cannot be denied because of marriage to or association with an individual of a different race; membership in or association with ethnic based organizations or groups; attendance or participation in schools or places of worship generally associated with certain minority groups; or other cultural practices or characteristics often linked to race or ethnicity, such as cultural dress or manner of speech, as long as the cultural practice or characteristic does not materially interfere with the ability to perform job duties.

If you feel you are being harassed because of your race or color, and need assistance, please contact the Thompson Legal Center to schedule a consultation to learn more about your rights.