What you need to know about race and color discrimination

As an employee, it's important to understand that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees against employment discrimination on the basis of both race and color (as well as other factors, such as sex, religion and national origin).

It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee or job candidate because of his or her race or color. This holds true with respect to hiring, promotion, termination, on-the-job training, compensation and any other terms and conditions of employment.

Employers should implement best practices to reduce the chance that discrimination will occur during the hiring process or at any time during a person's employment.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also notes the following:

  • Job requirements must be consistently applied to employees of all colors and races.
  • Harassment on the basis of color and race is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
  • Employees should be free from retaliation in the event that they oppose any form of discrimination, such as if they participate in an EEOC proceeding.
  • It is against the law to segregate an employee or group of employees based on color or race.
  • It is against the law to request pre-employment information that will be unlawfully used to make a hiring decision.

Even though most companies are familiar with discrimination laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, some continue to make mistakes with respect to the way they hire and treat employees.

If you have any reason to believe that you have been the victim of workplace discrimination, such as due to the color of your skin or your race, it's imperative that you learn more about your legal rights and the steps you can take to protect them in the future.

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