Although workplaces have evolved and become more diverse over the years, discrimination in the workplace is still a problem. One of the most common forms of discrimination is racial discrimination.
How does racial discrimination manifest in the workplace?
One common way racial discrimination manifests in the workplace is when employees get treated differently based on their race. This can happen in a number of ways, such as getting passed over for promotions or assignments, being given different work tasks, being treated with less respect than other employees and being subjected to different standards.
Racial discrimination can also happen when an employer uses race as a factor in employment decisions. This can include things like hiring, firing or promoting employees based on their race. Additionally, employers may segregate employees by race or give preference to employees of a certain race. Last but not least, workplace harassment based on race is a form of racial discrimination. This includes making offensive comments or jokes about employees’ race, displaying racially insensitive symbols or pictures and singling out employees for different treatment because of their race.
What should you do if you experience racial discrimination in the workplace?
First, document the incidents. This can be helpful if you decide to take legal action later on per employment law. Additionally, talk to a supervisor or human resources representative about what’s happening. They may be able to help resolve the issue internally.
Employees who believe they have been the victim of racial discrimination also have the right to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC is responsible for investigating complaints of employment discrimination and enforcing federal anti-discrimination laws. When filing a complaint, be sure to include as much information and documentation as possible. This will help the EEOC determine whether there is enough evidence to investigate your claim.
If you have experienced racial discrimination in the workplace, know that you are not alone and there are options available to you. By speaking up and taking action, you can help put an end to this form of discrimination in the workplace.