Unfortunately, racism is still alive and well all throughout the United States. Thankfully, individuals who believe that they have been subject to race discrimination in the workplace do not have to attempt to deal with the problem on their own. At Robert A. Klingler Co., L.P.A., our Cincinnati discrimination attorneys are ready to help those who have been discriminated against fight for their rights.
The Ohio Civil Rights Act, as well as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, protect Ohio employees against workplace discrimination that is race-based. Race-based discrimination at work can include things such as failing to hire or promote individuals and subjecting workers of a certain race or ethnicity to tougher disciplinary actions than those of other races. That said, if you or a loved one has experienced race discrimination in the workplace, the Cincinnati discrimination attorneys at Robert A. Klingler Co., L.P.A. can assist you with exploring your legal options and obtaining the appropriate damages to which you may be entitled.
Understanding the Laws Pertaining to Race Discrimination
To be sure, many employers are quite sophisticated, so much so that workplace discrimination based on race often exists in subtle forms that, regardless of their subtlety, are still very much illegal. That being the case, it is important for those who believe that they have been discriminated against based on their race to work with skilled attorneys such as Robert Klingler and his team who are not afraid to take on employers, large or small.
Some employers attempt to discriminate against employees on the basis of their race by implementing certain job policies that disproportionately affect certain groups of individuals; however, doing so is prohibited by both federal and state law, particularly if those policies are not job-related or related to the specific needs of the business. Further, employees cannot be denied equal employment opportunities based on their inclusion in certain racial groups, or based on certain race-connected characteristics. The laws also prohibit employers from making decisions on the basis of certain stereotypes and/or assumptions about one’s abilities based on race or ethnicity. The laws governing race discrimination apply to a variety of races, including African-Americans, Latinos, Asians, Native Americans, bi-racial or multi-racial individuals, as well as Caucasians.
Types of Race Discrimination Claims
There are basically two kinds of race/ethnicity claims: disparate treatment discrimination claims and disparate-impact discrimination claims. Disparate-treatment discrimination might exist in cases where race is an employer’s motivating factor with respect to how it treats certain employees. Disparate-impact discrimination occurs in cases where an employer’s practices and/or policies are either not job-related and consistent with a business necessity, or there are less discriminatory alternatives that the employer has refused to implement.
Employees who believe they have been discriminated against because of their race are encouraged to document the various acts or incidents that occur. More specifically, if an employee believes that racial discrimination has been documented in work emails, memos, performance reviews or any other job-related communications, he or she should be sure to save those documents, as they may prove to be valuable pieces of evidence if an employer attempts to deny the alleged discrimination.
Anyone who has been subject to race discrimination while at work should contact the attorneys at Robert A. Klingler Co., L.P.A. right away to discuss their options with one of our Cincinnati discrimination attorneys.