Racial injustice is common in the workplace, which can have a psychological impact on workers. During the COVID-19 pandemic, workers reported feeling heightened anxiety, frustration, and stress because of unfair treatment in the workplace. Tamara Holder is a race discrimination lawyer with an impressive record of defending civil rights in areas of employment, housing, and criminal justice reform.
It is illegal to be treated differently in the workplace because of your race, ethnicity, color, or national origin. Unfortunately, race discrimination is still common, and even pervasive, in the workplace. Some employers create an employee handbook or a “diversity and inclusion” department but still, consciously or unconsciously, engage in race discrimination. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of race.
Often times, employees are passed over for promotions, placed on probation or performance improvement plans without cause, demoted, excluded, or ridiculed in the workplace because of their race.
Still, even today, employers tolerate or ignore racial discrimination in their workplaces. Employers often condone threats; name-calling; physical and emotional abuse; the distribution of offensive images, memes, or GIFs; and humiliating work assignments. “It’s just a joke” isn’t an excuse for illegal, discriminatory treatment.
More subtle forms of racial discrimination are also common. Passing on qualified candidates for promotions, allowing pay disparities, providing unequal working conditions based on race, and ignoring complaints are common forms of discrimination.
Pervasive racial disparities in the workplace take a financial, emotional, and psychological toll. Victims of racial discrimination often experience PTSD or extreme stress, anxiety, or depression.
If you believe you have been discriminated against at work based on your race, contact The Law Firm of Tamara N. Holder, LLC. Tamara Holder is a race discrimination lawyer who goes after employers who violate the law in their treatment of workers, and seeks compensation in the form of back pay, reinstatement, and payment for infliction of emotional distress. Call us to discuss your case today.