“Race discrimination involves treating someone (an applicant or employee) unfavorably because he/she is of a certain race or because of personal characteristics associated with race (such as hair texture, skin color, or certain facial features). Color discrimination involves treating someone unfavorably because of skin color complexion.

Race/color discrimination also can involve treating someone unfavorably because the person is married to (or associated with) a person of a certain race or color.

Discrimination can occur when the victim and the person who inflicted the discrimination are the same race or color.

The law forbids discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment.”

– Per the guidelines of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 

Examples of Race Discrimination may include but are not limited to:

  • Racial slurs, even if supposedly made “in jest”
  • A pattern of differences in treatment to employees – All similarly situated employees being paid lower wages, being left out of meetings, passed over for promotions, etc.
  • Being assigned to a certain territory, neighborhood, or type of job based on your race.

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