Race and National Origin Discrimination

We expect to be judged not by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character. If we work hard at our job and do well at our job, then we expect our coworkers to treat us with fairness and respect. When a company makes decisions about how much to pay us, what assignments to give us, and which of us to promote—or which to let go—our race and national backgrounds should not matter. Sometimes, however, our expectations differ from reality.

You may discover that coworkers of a certain race have been paid more than you, even though you have been doing equal work. You may notice that your coworkers have received more training, better assignments, and faster promotions than you, even though you applied for the same opportunities and had superior qualifications. You may feel that, no matter how successful you are at your job, there has been an invisible and unfair barrier that keeps people who look like you from advancing with the company.

You may find yourself reporting to a new boss who holds employees to different standards depending on their skin color, ancestry, heritage, or family traditions. Your boss may demand far more work from you than he does from other employees in identical positions. Your boss may tolerate racist remarks in the workplace, and may even make those comments himself. You may arrive to work and realize that you represent a vanishing minority at the company. Your supervisors all look different from you. Most of your coworkers look different from you. Even the new hires look different from you. Then the company may tell you that your own job is threatened—or that you have been terminated—for reasons that are false and make no sense.

If you are experiencing any of these situations, you may be the victim of illegal race or national origin discrimination. State and federal laws make it illegal for a company to treat one employee better than another on the basis of race or national origin. Employees doing equal work requiring similar skill, effort, and responsibility must be paid the same. Employees may also not be harassed because of their racial or national backgrounds, or retaliated against for complaining of such harassment.

If you are being mistreated in any of these ways, you may have a claim for illegal race or national origin discrimination. Thorman Petrov Group can help. We have represented many victims of race and national origin discrimination, including winning a $1.88 million verdict in March 2010 on behalf of a victim of race discrimination and medical leave retaliation. Call us so that we can help determine whether your company or anyone there is acting illegally, and what can be done to remedy the situation.