Help For Victims Of Race, Color and National Origin Harassment and Discrimination
The diversity of American workplaces and neighborhoods is widely considered one of our country’s most important strengths. Unfortunately, not everyone adheres to that belief. At times, individuals are subjected to racial discrimination based upon race, skin color, or national origin.
Workplace discrimination based on race or national origin is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Racial discrimination includes being terminated from a position or not being hired due to ethnic origin. It can also include being passed over for a promotion, denied benefits, or denied work assignments due to race.
Our legal team often resolves racial discrimination cases without the need to go to trial. We do not accept agreements that are less than fair to our clients, however. Robert B. Landry III PLC is a trial-tested lawyer who always stands ready to advocate aggressively in court if necessary.
Experienced Attorneys in Racial Discrimination Cases
At the law office of Robert B. Landry III PLC, in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, we advocate aggressively for victims of race discrimination and other workplace discrimination infractions. These can be complicated cases to prove, requiring extensive documentation and a precise presentation.
Discrimination may come in the form of ethnic slurs, offensive comments, racial jokes, or sometimes more subtle behavior. This can result in harassment or even constitute evidence of unlawful motives behind adverse workplace decisions. You should document such occurrences and contact us for assistance in protecting your rights.
Mr. Landry is uniquely qualified to represent victims of workplace discrimination as a result of working for more than a decade with a highly regarded corporate law firm that represented “the other side” in these cases.
We understand the legal strategies that are commonly taken to defend against discrimination claims. We know how to build strong cases that can withstand intense scrutiny and produce favorable resolutions.
What Are Some Examples of Racial Discrimination in the workplace?
Racial discrimination can take a variety of forms. Racism can be overtly manifested through stereotypical thinking, prejudice, and bias, but it may also occur in more subtle forms, such as differential treatment based on one’s race. Below are some common examples:
- Failing to hire, train, or promote someone based on assumptions about their race.
- Making offensive or derogatory remarks about a person’s race or color.
- Bans on headwear or hairstyles that disproportionately impact people of a certain race.
- Scolding and ostracizing employees who complain about racial discrimination at work.
If you’re harassed, isolated, or otherwise made to feel uncomfortable due to racially-motivated actions at work, put the best New Orleans employment attorney to work for you.
Can My Employer Discipline Me for Reporting What I Believe to Be Racial Discrimination?
You have strong reason to believe that you were passed over for a promotion due to your race, so you report your concerns to HR. Next thing you know, your manager has put you on a ‘Performance Improvement Plan’ and warned you to “change (your) attitude.” Is this legal, you wonder?
No. Although genuine performance improvement coaching is perfectly legal, retaliation for complaining about racial discrimination is illegal.
You cannot be punished, treated differently, or harassed by your employer simply because you report the discrimination to your company or to the EEOC. This statement is true even if the conduct you complained about does not turn out to be discrimination, but you reasonably believed it was discrimination. This is known as your right to be protected from retaliation, and a racial discrimination lawyer can help you preserve it.
How Can a Racial Discrimination Lawyer Help Me?
If you have been discriminated against under Title VII, you may be entitled to reinstatement in your job, back pay and front pay for lost wages, punitive damages, legal fees, and other forms of compensation.
Like all legal claims, there are deadlines that you have to meet. In Louisiana, you must file your complaint with the EEOC or the Louisiana Commission on Human Rights within 300 days after the alleged act of racism occurred. An experienced racial discrimination lawyer in Baton Rouge and New Orleans can help ensure that you present a strong case within the required time frame and pursue your rights before the Commission.
Contact Robert B. Landry III PLC
Race or ethnic discrimination in the workplace can exact a heavy cost emotionally as well as financially. We seek the maximum compensation allowed by law. If your employer has discriminated against you due to race, gender or other reasons, we are here to help.