Racial Discrimination

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Dallas Racial Discrimination Lawyer

Fighting for Your Rights in the Workplace

Race discrimination is illegal, but it still happens today with alarming frequency. No person should be denied equal rights because of their race. Unfortunately, there are still people who discriminate against others because of their race. If you were recently discriminated against at work because of your race, you may have a legal case on your hands.

When you are employed with a company, you expect to come to work to complete your job without dealing with racism. No one should have to deal with alienation and poor treatment in their place of employment because they are of a different race than their peers or managers. While this is never supposed to happen, unfortunately it does, and those in powerful positions often believe they can get away with it because of their standing with the company. You need to make sure that these people understand they cannot get away with discrimination against you or others in the future.

Scott Gilmore Thompson is committed to providing employee-focused legal assistance to employees in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Contact us online or call (214) 238-8444 to schedule a complimentary consultation.

Common Forms of Racial Discrimination in the Workplace

Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 made race-based workplace discrimination illegal, it is still so pervasive that over a third of all claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission every year address racial discrimination. It is important to note that this can take many forms, and happen at all stages of the employment process.

Racial discrimination claims can be filed because:

  • A qualified candidate was not hired for a job because of their race
  • A minority worker was not given the same mentorship or growth opportunities
  • A qualified candidate was passed over for a promotion because of their race
  • A worker faced racial slurs, neglect, or harassment because of their race
  • A worker was subjected to unfair scrutiny because of their race
  • A worker was wrongfully terminated, especially after they brought any of the above complaints to their supervisors’ or managers’ attention

All of the above should never be tolerated, as all Americans, regardless of their race, have a right to be treated equally in the workplace. Our rights are protected by Title VII and the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act (TCHRA). When these rights have been violated, the victim may have a legitimate employment claim where they can seek damages from their current or former employer.

Know Your Rights

Filing a claim against your employer for racial discrimination is something you should do as quickly as possible because you are limited in the amount of time available to make a claim. There are a few steps to take, the first of which is to document every instance of racism you have dealt with thus far. For example, your boss or co-workers may have used derogatory racial terms when speaking to you, segregated you from other workers, or paid you less compared to co-workers who are of the opposite race.

Although documenting everything that has taken place is the best way to prove what is going on in the workplace, do not email company documents to your personal email. While gathering evidence, you should seek legal advice from an experienced racial discrimination lawyer in Dallas. Matt can provide honest and trusted advice on what to do in your situation. He can represent you in filing a claim against your employer and fight.

Be Aware of Retaliation Tactics

When you are in the process of filing your charge, your employer will become aware of your allegations of racial discrimination. While you have every right to feel concerned about retaliation, you should know that your employer cannot legally retaliate against you by terminating your employment, treating you differently, or taking other actions against you. If your employer attempts to do so, your lawyer can help you. Matt has built a strong reputation in the local legal community and among our former clients. He understands what it takes to assist you and will work diligently on your behalf.

“He negotiated a favorable settlement not long after the employer was brought into the case.”

- Ken B.

Our Board Certified Attorney Can Fight for You

Racial discrimination is something that should not take place, but sadly, it does still happen. If you are the victim of race discrimination in the workplace, you need to act quickly to protect your rights. It is wrong for anyone to treat you differently because of your race, which is why it is so crucial for you to hold those responsible for their actions.

Contact Scott Gilmore Thompson to discuss your situation. We take cases on contingency and offer our knowledge and experience to help you find a legal solution to fight a bad situation.

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