Race Discrimination in the Minnesota Workplace

Race Discrimination in the Minnesota Workplace

Racial discrimination and racial harassment continues to be a problem throughout the country. In 2014, there were over 30,000 claims of racial discrimination and harassment claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). It is believed that this number is just the tip of the iceberg, however, since it does not include all claims filed with individual state human rights agencies or private lawsuits brought under state law causes of action, or employees who never complained about their discriminatory treatment.

Types of Race Discrimination

Race discrimination in the workplace can present itself in a variety of forms and contexts. Below are several different examples of racial discrimination in the workplace.

  • A prospective job applicant is discriminated against because of his or her race and does not receive a sought after position or a promotion within the company;
  • Specific roles or shifts within the company are filled and/or staffed by individuals of a specific race or employees of a specific race are paid lower than their co-workers;
  • An employee has a different set of standards and criteria applied than the standards applied to the employee’s colleague of a different race.

Racial Hostile Work-Environment

A hostile work-environment based upon race is also a form of racial discrimination. A hostile work environment can include:

  • Repeated use of racial slurs or other inappropriate racial language;
  • Isolation of an employee because of race;
  • Excluding the employee from important meetings or trainings because of the employee’s race.

Generally, it is usually best practice for the employee who is being subjected to a hostile work environment to report the employee who is engaging in the harassing behavior to the Human Resources department. This gives the employer a chance to remedy the situation. However, if the person who is harassing you is your supervisor or boss or your company does not have an H.R. Department, it may be difficult to report the behavior. If you are in a difficult situation, you should contact an experienced employment attorney immediately who may be able to assist you in resolving the matter or if appropriate, bring a lawsuit against your employer.

You may be entitled to monetary compensation if you experienced racial discrimination

If you have been the victim or racial discrimination in the workplace, you may be entitled to back pay, front pay, emotional harm damages, and punitive damages to punish your employer for its illegal conduct. There are statutes of limitations which apply to racial discrimination claims so it is important to speak with an Minnesota employment attorney immediately if you have questions about your potential case.

To learn more and schedule a free consultation with a Minneapolis Minnesota Employee Rights Lawyer, call (612) 349-2747.