Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on race and color. Another federal law, 42 U.S.C. § 1981, (sometimes referred to just as “Section 1981,”) also protects against racial discrimination against an employee or job applicant. Georgia state law offers further protections against racial discrimination in the workplace with the Georgia Fair Employment Practices Act.
Yet even though racial discrimination is illegal, it still happens far too often in Georgia. If your employer or a prospective employer violated your rights with acts of racial discrimination, it is a good idea to talk to an attorney. Skilled and experienced Georgia racial discrimination attorneys fight for the rights of employees.
At The Leach Firm, P.A., we understand how to right the wrongs of racial discrimination and want to help you pursue justice through the legal system. Employees who are victims of illegal discrimination may be entitled to compensation and other forms of relief.
Proving Racial Discrimination in Georgia
If you believe you are a victim of racial discrimination in the workplace, you need to gather evidence to back up your allegations. Georgia racial discrimination attorneys know what it takes to make a case and can help you collect and prepare evidence to demonstrate that your employer broke the law. Our dedicated legal team is ready to work with you from consultation to verdict or settlement.
One of the most challenging aspects of discrimination cases is establishing the intent behind the action. The discriminatory action itself could be something obvious, such as firing or failing to hire an employee based on race. Vert often, however, illegal discrimination is more subtle, such as when an employer offers different opportunities to employees of a certain race or assigns undesirable duties or shifts based on race.
Allowing harassment in the workplace is also a form of illegal discrimination. Harassment on the job could include:
- Offensive jokes
- Ethnic or racial slurs
- Unwelcome comments
- Displaying offensive cartoons, pictures, or graffiti
- The harassment could come from a supervisor, co-worker, or a third party such as a vendor or contractor.
Prompt Action Can Make All the Difference
When someone speaks out against employment discrimination, there is the chance the employer may try to retaliate. To prevent this, racial discrimination attorneys in Georgia often work on filing complaints as quickly as possible to offer a measure of protection.
Rest assured that retaliatory acts are just as illegal as discriminatory acts, and we will strive to protect your rights and seek all available remedies throughout the process. The sooner you begin working with a lawyer, the easier it can be to acquire evidence to support your claim.
Contact Experienced Georgia Racial Discrimination Attorneys
The Leach Firm, P.A. understands how to recover compensation and other relief for employees who are the victims of racial discrimination in the workplace. Contact us for a free consultation to get started today.