What is Racial Discrimination in the California Workplace?

Have you been discriminated against by your Orange County employer because of your race? According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), you are not alone. In fact, in 2014, over 31,000 employees filed racial discrimination claims against their employers. In second place, with over 26,000 claims, was gender discrimination. These numbers are troubling and indicate that discrimination against qualified, hard-working workers happens all too often.

What is racial discrimination?

According the the EEOC, race discrimination involves an employer treating an applicant or employee unfavorably because s/he is of a certain race. What’s more, a worker can be discriminated against of personal characteristics associated with a certain race (such as hair texture, skin color, or certain facial features). Even if your supervisor or boss is of the same race or color as you, if he mistreats you because of your race, it is discrimination.

Examples of race-based discrimination in California can include: