Written by attorney Rodney Mesriani

The 2011 Statistics of Workplace Discrimination Based on Race

The most “popular" form of employment discrimination in the United States in the year 2011 is racial discrimination. According to the data of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in 2011, the agency received a total of 35,395 complaints nationwide. The number of complaints in 2011 is slightly higher than that of 2010 (35,890). With this data, it safe to say that despite the efforts of the federal and state governments to eradicate workplace discrimination, some employers still find ways to practice unlawful customs. Workplace discrimination based on a person’s race or color is against the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Under this law, employers with 15 or more workers are prohibited from discriminating against individuals based on their race or color, national origin, religion and religious practice, and sex. In California, a state-equivalent of the Title VII is implemented – the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Pursuant to this State employment law, employers doing business in California are not allowed to discriminate against people based on their age, disability, race or color, national origin, sex, gender, and religion. Victims of racial discrimination in California are advised to accomplish certain procedures in order to achieve justice. The following are the suggested tips for employment discrimination victims in the State of California: 1. Take note of the discriminatory action experienced – Write down all necessary information related to the event of the discrimination. Include information such as the date of the event, the action done, and list of names of people who have witnessed the incident. By doing this, the discriminated employee would have a piece of evidence beneficial to the discrimination claim. 2. Consult with an employment lawyer – Victims of workplace discrimination are advised to seek assistance from an attorney that is adept with the California employment laws. Employment law attorneys can help racial discrimination victims assert for their claim and eventually receive appropriate amount of compensations. 3. File a formal complaint – If you have experienced racial discrimination in the workplace, you have the right to file a complaint to the EEOC or California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). EEOC and DFEH officials would investigate your claim and may help you file a case to the court. Employers should make all the necessary efforts to ensure the welfare of their employees, and this include respecting and not discriminating against them based on their race or color.

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