Racial slurs, derogatory statements regarding a person’s race or color, racial jokes, mocking, intimidation, or the exhibition of racially offensive symbols, items, or pictures constitute racial harassment in the workplace. Racial harassment may make a workplace unpleasant, uncomfortable, or insulting, and it can affect an employee’s performance. A supervisor, coworker, or client/customer can all be harassers.
Keep reading to learn more about what is legally considered racial harassment in the workplace. If you have been the victim of this or race discrimination, contact PLBSH at (800) 435-7542 for help today.
An employer’s duty if they become aware of an incident
When a California employer learns of a racial harassment incident, it is required by law to take quick action to avoid other incidents. It must also conduct an immediate and unbiased inquiry into the occurrence. Any racial harassment performed by a supervisor will be held “strictly responsible” by a California employer.
To put it another way, once harassment has been established, the employer is automatically accountable. When a coworker harasses another coworker on the basis of race, the employer must be notified and given the opportunity to investigate and correct the situation before it becomes liable.
Examples of workplace race harassment
Harassment or discrimination based on race or color, including insulting remarks or jokes, other statements or behavior based on race or color that creates an intimidating, hostile, or unpleasant work environment or interferes with the employee’s ability to perform their job.
Employee classifications that separate employees of particular races, ethnicities, or skin colors from other employees, from customer interaction, or limit them to specific occupations or positions; Termination of employment based on skin color is another example, as is the denial of benefits and reasonable pay as a result of one’s race.
It is also illegal for employees of a certain race, color, or ethnicity to be assigned to specific establishments or geographic areas due to their race, color, or ethnicity.
We are here to help you if you have suffered due to race harassment or discrimination
No one should be treated unfairly because of their race, ethnicity, or heritage. Nobody should have to put up with racist harassment at work. If you feel you have been harassed or discriminated against at work because of the color of your skin or ethnicity, call (800) 435-7542 for a free consultation and let PLBSH fight for your right to be free from unlawful workplace discrimination and harassment.