Federal and state laws prohibit racial discrimination with hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, and any other terms or conditions of employment. Yet, unfortunately, such instances of discriminatory actions are commonly seen and reported throughout workplaces in the state of New Jersey. If you have fallen victim to this, to any extent, then you may have a valid employment-based case on your hands. Follow along to find out what evidence you need to prove race discrimination in the workplace and how a proficient employment discrimination lawyer in Gloucester, NJ, at The Vigilante Law Firm, P.C., can help build your case.
What are examples of racial discrimination in the workplace?
Firstly, the perpetrator of your racial discrimination may be the owner of your company, your manager, a coworker, or even an individual not employed in your workplace (i.e., a client or third-party vendor). You must accurately identify the negligent party or parties to know whom to direct your race discrimination case toward.
Secondly, the instances of racial discrimination must have occurred frequently and severely to the point that it creates a hostile work environment or results in your firing, demotion, or otherwise a negative employment decision. This is because you may be unable to base your race discrimination case off of an isolated event.
Without further ado, you may have a valid race discrimination case if any of the following circumstances are relevant to your situation:
- Your clients use racial slurs against you.
- Your coworkers display racially offensive symbols in their workspace.
- Your manager overlooks you for job assignments based on racial stereotypes.
- Your employer enforces a facial hair policy that is unrelated to your job and disregards your race.
- Your employer enforces a hairstyle or hair texture policy that is unrelated to your job and disregards your race.
What evidence do I need for a valid race discrimination case?
Once you confirm that you have a valid race discrimination case on your hands, you must strengthen it with a sufficient amount of evidence. Examples of evidence that you must track down include the following:
- Testimonies by witnesses who saw the racial discrimination incident you are claiming.
- Email exchanges or audio recordings that capture the racial discrimination incident you are claiming.
- Statistical information if the racial discrimination incident you are claiming pertains to a layoff, demotion, etc.
- Statements by loved ones who saw how the racial discrimination incident you are claiming affected your personal life.
- Copies of the complaints you sent to your manager and Human Resources department regarding the racial discrimination incident you are claiming.
At the end of the day, your race discrimination case requires one of the talented New Jersey employment lawyers in your corner. So please get in touch with us at The Vigilante Law Firm, P.C.