Race and Color Discrimination
Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, employers of 15 or more employees are prohibited from discriminating against job applicants or employees because of race or color with regard to any aspect of employment such as hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoffs, training, benefits and any other term or condition of employment.
Under Title VII, employees must file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) within 180 days of the discriminatory action. This is a strict deadline. You will lose some of the most important federal claims available to you if you do not file a charge with the EEOC. If you have already missed the deadline, it is still important to reach out to an attorney to discuss your options.
The Civil Rights Act of 1866 also prohibits intentional race discrimination, but it is not restricted to larger businesses and it has a longer statute of limitations than Title VII.
It is unlawful to treat job applicants or employees unfavorably because of race or because of certain personal characteristics associated with race. It is also unlawful to treat job applicants and employees unfavorably because of skin color or complexion. It is against the law for employers to discriminate because of one’s marriage to or association with a person of a certain race or color. Race and color discrimination can also occur when the victim and the perpetrator are of the same race or color.
You have a right to be free from discrimination based on race and color. If you believe that you’ve been subjected to discrimination, harassment, or hostility because of your race, contact Rich Daugherty. He is experienced in representing clients who have been victims of this discrimination in the workplace and will fight to protect your rights.
You can arrange for an initial phone conference with Rich at no charge. He represents clients throughout North Carolina and is available to meet with prospective clients outside of Chapel Hill when circumstances permit. Evening appointments are also available.