It is illegal to discriminate in the workplace because of someone's race, gender or various other factors. Despite the fact that it is illegal, it still happens, and victims of this type of reprehensible behavior often do not know what to do to protect themselves and keep it from happening again.
If you experienced discrimination on the basis of your race, you do not have to put up with it. You have the right to seek a positive outcome to your situation, holding liable parties accountable for racial discrimination and seeking fair reparations for your mistreatment. You have the right to a workplace free from any type of discrimination, and the right to fight back against it.
How do you know if you are a victim?
You may be unsure of you are a victim or what you should do next. When discrimination happens in the workplace, employees often feel embarrassed or confused, but there are ways that you can know if you are actually a victim. You may benefit from knowing the following information about racial discrimination at work:
- When discrimination occurs, it is normal for it to happen without others knowing about it or noticing the mistreatment.
- An employer cannot hire, fire, determine pay or treat employees differently because of their race.
- Race cannot be a factor when an employer determines pay, benefits, promotions and other opportunities for employees.
Anti-discrimination laws exist on both a state and federal level. If you experienced discrimination because of your race, there are options available to you. Not only is it illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of race, it is illegal for an employer to retaliate against you for reporting discrimination.
There is no excuse for discrimination in any form. Victims may seek to hold responsible parties accountable for what they experienced, but it is important to reach out for help in a timely manner.
Standing up against unlawful actions in the workplace
It is unbelievably frustrating to experience unfair or unlawful treatment at work. You do not have to suffer in silence, but you can stand up for yourself by first reaching out for help to understand the legal options available to you.
When you take action, you are telling your employer that racial discrimination is not acceptable in any Rhode Island workplace. In fact, your action may prevent others from experiencing racial discrimination from the same source in the future. If you faced racial discrimination at work, you do not have to suffer in silence.