Despite considerable advances in civil rights, discrimination due to race, ethnicity or country of origin is alive and well in the workplace today. While it is rarely as overt as it was in the age of Jim Crow laws, it exists in the form of subtle prejudice that influences hiring and promoting decisions. If you are being harassed because of your race or national origin or you’ve been denied the opportunity to advance your career and you suspect it may be because of your race, the discrimination lawyers at McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. may be able to help. We have a long history of helping individuals fight back against workplace prejudice, whether it’s by filing a formal complaint or taking your case to court.
What Are Your Rights?
One of the most significant pieces of anti-discrimination legislation, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 formally banned segregation and prejudicial hiring based on race, ethnicity, religion and country of origin. Title VII of the act specifically addresses hiring practices, making it illegal to deny employment or advancement because of any of the above. The act also outlaws uneven compensation, harassment and segregation on the job. In short, all Americans should have access to the same opportunities and compensation — employers that do not take steps to address systemic inequalities or pervasive attitudes in the workplace can face legal action and other consequences.
Discrimination in the Workplace Takes Many Forms
Racial or ethnic discrimination on the job may not be readily apparent, even to its victims. Over time, an employee may come to realize that they are consistently being passed over for promotions, assigned to menial tasks or other undesirable work assignments, or disciplined for minor transgressions that are ignored in others. The racial discrimination lawyers at McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. have represented clients in many of these types of cases; we have also fought to repeal English-only language policies or bans on religious headgear, specific hairstyles and “ethnic” clothing.
Protection from Retaliation Is a Civil Rights Issue
The Civil Rights Act not only bans racial or ethnic discrimination, it also affords protection to those who speak out against abuses in the workplace. Individuals need to know that when they report civil rights abuses, they won’t face harassment or retaliation — the only way to ensure this is to take action when it happens to you. Retaliation can include being demoted, reassigned or passed over for advancement, denial of perks, suspension without pay and even termination.
Taking Steps towards Justice
If you’ve been discriminated against or harassed on the job, the first step towards obtaining justice is to speak with an experienced attorney. To learn more about your options, contact McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. today. We can arrange a free consultation in which one of our racial discrimination attorneys will review your case and help you devise a plan to move forward. We provide service to clients throughout the state of Pennsylvania.