Under Article VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is illegal to discriminate against anyone on the basis of their race, color, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability. When discrimination happens in the workplace, workers are often denied interviews, promotions, or jobs, and are sometimes subjected to a hostile working environment. Two race discrimination cases recently in the news demonstrate just how obvious and egregious discrimination can be in the workplace.
In Oregon, a 12-year Hispanic employee of the United States Post Office with over 7 years as a maintenance supervisor at the Eugene facility filed a lawsuit for racial discrimination and retaliation. According to his claims, the employee told his supervisor that he was cooperating with the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) administration in the racial discrimination lawsuit filed by an African American co-worker. Within two weeks of his conversation, the Hispanic employee found himself permanently transferred from the day shift to the night shift. None of his white coworkers on the day shift were transferred. He claims that the move was in retaliation for his involvement in the racial discrimination suit, and that he was subjected to a hostile work environment when other coworkers learned of his involvement in the investigation. The Hispanic worker is seeking reinstatement of his job and $300,000 in damages.
In Chicago, 11 white and Hispanic police officers are suing the mayor of the city and the city itself claiming that they were removed from their positions on the mayor’s security team because of racial and political motivations. The officers claim that when the current mayor of Chicago took office in 2011, he reassigned the white and Hispanic officers to jobs with lower pay and benefits, and replaced them with African American officers with less seniority. The officers also claim that the chief commander of the mayor’s security detail responsible for the transfers was overheard making a racial remark to the officers when he issued the demotions. The officers are seeking reinstatement of their jobs, or pay and benefits equal to their former positions, as well as financial compensation for damages.
The Philadelphia Employment Law Firm of Sidney L. Gold & Associates Advocate for Minorities and Hispanics Discriminated Against in the Workplace
The Philadelphia employment law firm of Sidney L. Gold & Associates has long advocated for the fair treatment of workers, regardless of race, color, sexual orientation, religion, or disability. Our employment discrimination attorneys work to protect the rights of minority and Hispanic workers have represented countless Hispanic, Latino, and African American, as well as Caucasian, clients who have been treated unfairly due to their race or color. We understand the laws regarding racial discrimination, and we strive to seek justice for those who suffer unfair treatment.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of discrimination based on race, nationality or ethnicity, don’t let a language barrier prevent you from pursuing your claims and getting the compensation you deserve. If your primary language is Spanish, we can help. Contact the Philadelphia employment discrimination attorneys at Sidney L. Gold & Associates. Our Spanish-speaking attorneys and paraprofessionals will work with you to evaluate your case and begin legal proceedings. Call the Philadelphia race discrimination attorneys at Sidney L. Gold & Associates at 215-569-1999 to set up an appointment or contact us online.