The indignity and insult of racial harassment in the workplace does not need to be tolerated. There are federal and California State laws that offer protection to employees who are subjected to such violations of their rights. With the skilled guidance and aggressive representation of our racial harassment attorneys, you can work to reclaim you right to pursue your livelihood free from the interference and degradation of racial harassment or discrimination.
We defend all cases of discrimination and/or harassment, but it's important to note that the two racial groups most-targeted in Northern California include African-Americans and Latinos. WE have provided additional information below for anyone interested:
Employee Rights Protected By Federal and California Law
California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and Federal laws under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibit employers from discriminating against certain protected classes such as racial or ethnic groups. Prohibited behavior includes:
- Treating them differently than other groups
- Holding them to a higher standard
- Adopting policies which have a disparate impact on those groups
The prohibited behavior you experience may include racial slurs, workplace harassment, or expressions of racial prejudice, verbal abuse. Or it may be more subtle, such as reassignment to a difficult or unpleasant work task or poor job reviews despite adequate performance.
Our race discrimination attorneys in San Francisco, Oakland & San Jose can inform you of your rights, opportunities for obtaining compensation, and the legal process required to get justice for you.
Deadlines for Filing Race Discrimination and Harassment Claims
The first step in obtaining justice is the filing of a claim with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) or the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Be advised that there are strict time deadlines for these claims, so talk with a racial discrimination lawyer regarding these issues as soon as possible.
If these administrative remedies fail, you have the option of legal action in the courts to obtain justice and compensation.
How We Can Help You Obtain Justice & Fair Compensation
Racial harassment typically involves racial slurs and/or offensive comments made by an assailant, or harasser, to describe a person's race or color. It can be differentiated from simple joking and teasing by gauging the frequency and/or severity of the attacks.
Our harassment lawyers know the impact that race harassment can have on an employee's sense of self-worth and their ability to successfully carry out their responsibilities. We will use the full resources of our firm to help you aggressively protect your rights and rectify your current situation.
Race harassment can take a wide variety of forms ranging from inappropriate humor to intimidation and even physical violence. What may begin as minor incidents can escalate if not addressed thoroughly and aggressively; therefore, taking an assertive stance regarding your rights may be the only way to effectively challenge race harassment.
Any member of a business can be a source of race harassment from the owner to management or lower-level employees. If management is not participating in the harassment, but is aware that it is occurring, they may be liable for the harassment. Employers have certain obligations to protect their employees from race harassment. Failing to meet these obligations is grounds for prosecuting your employer.
To learn more about race harassment, please visit the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) website.
"The Armstrong Law Firm handled a race harassment case for me when I was at my breaking point at work. Kelly Armstrong and her associate were a great team. From the outset, they were honest, straight forward, and protected me from further harassment and retaliation by my employer. Kelly and her dedicated team were always professional and their sense of humor made me feel comfortable on a personal level. There were times when I would call the office because I was frustrated with what was happening at work. I was always able to reach Kelly or her associate directly. They would listen to me, make me feel at ease, and immediately took care of my problems for me. I feel very lucky to have been represented by such great and dedicated lawyers."
Reviewed By: Nick C.
Publish Date: August 02, 2010
Contact Us Today
If you think you have been the victim of racial discrimination or race harassment in the workplace, contact us today. The Armstrong Law Firm's has an impressive record of successfully defending the rights of employees in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout Northern California.
Call us toll free at 866-590-6082 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation.