Racial Discrimination

New York City Race Discrimination Attorneys

It is illegal for an employer to base employment decisions on race or national origin. Racial discrimination can occur in numerous situations in the workplace, such as the decision to not hire someone or the failure to offer a promotion.  Unfortunately, it is still common for people to be exposed to numerous types of workplace discrimination based on their race or nation of origin.

The Racial Discrimination Attorneys at White & Hilferty can help protect your rights against mistreatment at the workplace based on race or national origin.  Give us a call or contact us online today.  we would be thrilled to speak with you.

Facing Race Discrimination?  We Can Help.

Racial Discrimination Examples in the Workplace

Racial discrimination in the workplace can take on many forms. Here are a few real-life examples to help you determine whether you might be experiencing racial discrimination:

  • Your employer refuses to interview people with African-sounding names on their applications or resumes.
  • Your company hires a Latino account manager but your employer won’t allow them to work with customers because they have an accent.
  • You are in the break room and discuss your salary with your coworkers. You discover that employees of a certain national origin are paid less than the white employees at the company.
  • You and your white friend are hired at the same company, but only you are required to submit work authorization documents.
  • You apply for a job and are excited about the interview, but at the end of the interview, the hiring manager expresses the opinion that you do not “fit” the culture of the company.
  • Your manager is always making snide remarks about your natural hair and the “ethnic”-looking clothes you wear.
  • Your partner is Asian and your employer makes a comment about non-employees not being invited to the office party. But then you notice that your coworkers who have white spouses were able to bring their partners.

Watch the video below for more signs of racial discrimination in the workplace. 

Discrimination Based on National Origin

Just as with discrimination based on skin tone, it is illegal to treat someone poorly just because they were born in a different country. If you suspect that you are encountering unfair treatment at the workplace because of your nation of origin, then you may be encountering a very legitimate form of discrimination and can fight against it.

New York Race Discrimination Laws

New York laws are even more protective of employees than Federal Law when it comes to certain conduct and comments that are considered race discrimination in the workplace.

Any form of conduct or comments that relate to a person’s race may be actionable. Protections also extend to employees who are associated with someone of another race, such as when an employer discriminates against an employee because of the race or national origin of his or her spouse. It is, of course, illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee for complaining or reporting race discrimination at work.

Hairstyle Discrimination

New York State also expands NYC protections for Natural Hair as a form of racial discrimination. Specifically, black people are often told that they should change their hair as a condition of employment.

Watch video below to learn more about Natural Hair Discrimination Laws in New York.  

Racial Discrimination – Definition 

Racial discrimination is a form of discrimination against people on the basis of their skin color, race, or ethnic origin. Racial discrimination occurs when a person is treated unfavorably compared to others due to their race. They may not be given the same opportunities as others or may face discriminatory comments.

Racial discrimination is illegal in the workplace.  If you feel that you are being mistreated at work based on your race or national origin, the best thing you can do is speak with an experienced racial discrimination attorney at White & Hilferty to learn how we can help protect your rights.

Signs of Race Discrimination in the Workplace

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a federal law that protects individuals from racial discrimination by employers.  However, racial discrimination in employment is still an issue today.  It helps to catch or be on the lookout for signs of race discrimination.

Here are some signs that you may be experiencing or have already experienced race discrimination:

Biased Interview Questions

An interviewer may ask pointed questions related to race in order to discredit your application.

Pay Discrimination

You may discover that you are paid less for the same job and level of experience as your coworkers due to your race.

Job Position Discrimination

A manager may pay you up for more challenging job positions with the assumption that you can’t perform the job due to your race.

Different Job Responsibilities

An employer may delegate different job tasks to employees of a different race or ethnicity.

Promotion Discrimination

An employer may pass up certain employees for promotions in lieu of giving them to white employees.


Your employer or coworkers make inappropriate jokes, comments, or insults about you due to your race.

Frequently Asked Questions – Racial Discrimination

Learn your rights and find justice from racial discrimination today. Read our FAQ section for more information about race discrimination and whether you have a case.

What is Considered Race Discrimination in Employment?

Racial discrimination is a type of discrimination against someone on the basis of their skin color, race, or ethnicity. It’s considered racial discrimination to turn someone down for a job, treat them unfairly, make inappropriate jokes, not give them a promotion, etc. due to their race. Racial discrimination can take on many forms so if you suspect that you may be a victim of discrimination, it’s best that you speak to a trusted attorney.

What laws Protect Employees from Race or Nationality Discrimination?

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees and job applicants from employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. New York state laws also protect employees when it comes to comments or behaviors that are considered racial discrimination in the workplace.

Can You Sue For Racial Discrimination?

If you plan to file a racial discrimination lawsuit alleging discrimination on the basis of race, color, or ethnicity, then you first have to file a charge with the EEOC. Fortunately, we can help you navigate this process. Contact our racial discrimination lawyers for a free consultation.

Contact a Racial Discrimination Attorney in New York City

Schedule Your FREE Legal Evaluation

The best thing you can do is speak to an Employment Attorney at White & Hilferty to learn what your rights are against Race or National Origin Discrimination at the Workplace.  We can help protect your job and income.  If you have any questions about a situation with your job because of the Coronavirus pandemic, please don’t hesitate to call 646-698-8990 or Contact Us for a free consultation and learn your rights. We are here to help.