Under Federal and California law, race and color discrimination against job applicants and employees is prohibited. Applying to companies with at least fifteen employees, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act is the leading authority on discrimination. Title VII shields workers from discriminatory employment practices in all aspects of employment such as hiring, firing, promotion, wages, and salary. California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) extends the protection against race and color discrimination or harassment in the workplace to include employees of an organization with at least five full- or part-time employees.
Race discrimination includes discriminating against an employee or job applicant based on: racial stereotypes, physical characteristics, culture, national origin, ancestry, birthplace, language, and even surname. Color discrimination is discriminating against an employee or applicant on the basis of his or her skin color; therefore, a discrimination claim can be based on the color of an employee’s skin rather than race, even if the alleged harasser is of the same race.
Regrettably, workplace discrimination based on race or color is still widespread. If you believe that you have been discriminated against because of your race or skin color, we can advocate your rights and help you seek justice.