Legal Representation from the Attorneys at Riggan Law Firm, LLC
It is against the law for an employer to harass, discriminate, or mistreat an employee because of their race or skin color. If you are qualified for a position, you should be eligible for the job based on your work ethic, skills, and experience, not by the color of your skin.
If you feel that your rights have been thusly violated by an employer or potential employer, it is important that you contact an attorney at our firm right away for the aggressive legal representation that you deserve for your case.
Ways to Fight Race Discrimination in the Workplace
While it is the employer’s legal responsibility to address any discrimination concerns or behavior in the workplace, you may find that not enough is being done about discrimination in general or your individual experience with it.
Some ways to fight race discrimination at work could be reporting incidents of inappropriate, discriminatory, harassing or abusive behavior to:
- your supervisor,
- the Human Resources department,
- a union,
- your local human rights commission, or
- the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
You can also visit EEOC’s website for additional training on EEO principles and more detailed information about your legal rights and responsibilities under the anti-discrimination laws.
Filing a Charge of Discrimination
If you believe that you have been discriminated against at work, a more concrete method of fighting the discriminatory behavior is filing a Charge of Discrimination. A Charge of Discrimination is a signed statement asserting that an employer, union, or labor organization engaged in employment discrimination and requests the EEOC to take remedial action.
A Charge of Discrimination can be completed through the EEOC Public Portal after you submit an online inquiry and complete an interview with them. Discussing your concerns with an EEOC staff member in an interview is the best way to assess how to address your concerns about employment discrimination and determine whether filing a charge of discrimination is the appropriate path for you.
Note that it might be in your best interest to find legal assistance during the filing process, as you will need to prove that particular areas of the law apply directly to your situation. If the laws do not apply to your claims, if the charge was not filed within the law's time limits, or if the EEOC decides to limit its investigation, they will dismiss your charge. An attorney might have a better intuition of the law and how to effectively present your claim.
Let a St. Louis Employment Lawyer Help
If you have been the victim of racial slurs, derogatory remarks, or hiring discrimination in the workplace based on your race, you have the right to take action against the infringement of your rights. Whether you seek to address the discrimination with your employer or file a claim with the EEOC, it is vital that you contact an employment law attorney right away. The attorneys at Riggan Law Firm, LLC have years of negotiation and trial experience and can help defend your anti-discrimination rights as an employee.
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