Under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is illegal for a federal employer to discriminate against applicants or employees based on their race, the color of their skin, or any physical characteristics that are associated with race. It is also illegal to discriminate against an employee for being associated with a person of a certain race, for instance, based on the race of the individual’s spouse. Racial discrimination can occur even when the discriminating person or persons are of the same race as the individual who was discriminated against.
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What constitutes illegal racial discrimination in the work place?
If employment decisions that negatively impact an applicant or employee are made based on the race of the individual, or any racially related characteristics, then racially based discrimination has occurred. Employment decisions involve hiring, firing, promoting, salaries, and any other decision that impacts employees.
Harassing employees or applicants based on their race is also illegal. While a single joke or comment might not qualify as harassment, if the behavior reaches the point where the workplace becomes hostile to the harassed employee, then that is a violation of the law.
Policies that have a negative impact on employees of a certain race are also illegal, even if they are not overtly racially motivated, and even if the agency or employer is unaware of the disparate impact on employees of a certain race. The exception is when the policy is necessary to the position, job and place of work. For example, a test that seems to disfavor persons of certain races that was designed without discriminatory intent but rather, to test for minimum qualifications for a given job might be legal. However, if the test is shown to have little to do with the necessary job qualifications, it is likely a violation of the law.
What should I do if I believe I have been discriminated against?
If you believe that you have experienced employment related discrimination, you should file a Charge of Discrimination with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. You should also consider speaking with an employment attorney to discuss your claim.
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