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Ethnic Discrimination

Fight back against ethnic discrimination with help from the skilled attorneys at Perona, Langer, Beck and Harrison.

The United States has been battling racism and ethnic discrimination for most of its history. Even though we have had federal laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, or ethnicity on the books for over 50 years, violations continue to occur. In fact, the EEOC reports that racial or ethnic discrimination is the most commonly reported type of discrimination.

What is Ethnic Discrimination?

Like any type of workplace discrimination, ethnic discrimination involves an employer treating workers differently on the basis of ethnicity when making decisions regarding hiring, firing, promotions, compensation, job training, performance reviews, discipline, etc.

Most discrimination cases involve singling out a particular employee for unfair treatment based on their ethnicity. But ethnic discrimination can also be more subtle. An employer can actually discriminate by applying the same policy to all workers, if that policy has a disparate impact on individuals of a particular ethnicity.

What Ethnicities are Protected from Discrimination?

While prejudices against certain ethnicities may be more common, the law does not single out any particular ethnicities for protection against discrimination. Instead, all ethnicities are protected. The law also protects against discrimination based on physical characteristics that are associated with a particular ethnicity, such as hair texture, skin color, or facial features. This provides protection to individuals who may be discriminated against because they appear to belong to a particular ethnicity when in fact they do not.

Now You May Wonder…

…How Is an Attorney Going to Help Me?

An attorney can help you understand if the treatment you have experienced meets the legal definition of ethnic discrimination and advise you on the strength of the evidence in your case. Assuming you have a strong case, your attorney can help you take the necessary legal steps to hold your employer accountable for their actions.

The benefits of legal action include:

  • Sending a message that ethnic discrimination in the workplace is not to be tolerated
  • Correcting the unfair treatment you experienced, perhaps by getting your job reinstated if you were wrongfully terminated or getting your pay raised
  • Securing monetary compensation for the discrimination you suffered—including damages for lost pay and benefits, emotional stress, and legal fees

When you choose Perona, Langer, Beck and Harrison as your ethnic discrimination attorney, you can rely on us to work diligently to build a strong case. We will stand beside you every step of the way and ensure your rights are respected.

Want to Learn More?

If you have questions, our ethnic discrimination attorneys have answers. Call us at (800) 435-7542 for a free consultation.