Examples of overt racism are apparent in American history. The nation has a damaging saga of violent and oppressive racist practices in its past and is still working to right the many wrongs that have occurred since its founding. Throughout Michigan, men and women may be well aware of the dangers of racism in their communities and even in their places of employment.
Racism in the workplace often takes the form of discrimination, and racial discrimination is a damaging practice that harms individuals’ rights and access to gainful employment. However, racial discrimination is not always easy to identify and can be hard to prove when it is alleged to have happened. Though this post offers no legal guidance, readers are encouraged to use its information as a basis for learning more about racial discrimination at work.
Why racial discrimination is difficult to identify
Racial discrimination in workplaces can be apparent, such as racist comments or an accepted workplace culture of racist practices. More often, though, racial discrimination hides behind seemingly permissible employment procedures, such as questions asked during a hiring interview or the use of screening practices that may exclude members of a certain race.
In some instances, a person who believes that they have suffered racial discrimination at work may have to find evidence of past discriminatory offenses committed by their actual or prospective employer to show the racist patterns at work. Doing so can be hard and may derail individuals’ goals of seeking justice for the harm they have suffered.
Fighting against racial discrimination at work
The challenges that some victims may face when confronting claims of racial discrimination against their employers should not stop them from fighting for what is fair and right. Employment law attorneys, particularly those who represent victims of workplace discrimination, can help their clients find evidence, build claims, and pursue justice after suffering from discriminatory employment practices. The first step toward righting discrimination is taking action and employment law attorneys can guide victims through the legal steps of justice.