Greenville’s Lawyer for Race Discrimination (Title VII)
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of race, along with sex, religion, color, and national origin. When it comes to employment claims in South Carolina based on race, the most common types of wrongful conduct are racial harassment and race discrimination.
Racial harassment often comes in the form of racial slurs, such as the N-word or other derogatory terms based on race, or racial jokes or cartoons, or even in the form of nooses being hung up in the workplace. This type of conduct, when taking place at work, can create a hostile work environment for an African American employee. Courts have held that even one use of a racial slur is enough to create a hostile work environment. All such conduct is prohibited in the workplace, but South Carolina employees are still subjected to this type of harassment.
Race discrimination means disparate treatment—being treated differently because of your case. Disparate treatment can be shown in different disciplinary standards, job promotions, raises, bonuses, and other benefits. If one person receives worse treatment than another similarly situated employee for no other reason than that person’s race, then we have evidence of race discrimination.
Title VII also prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who complain about race discrimination. Retaliation could be termination, demotion, suspension, or discipline, and if that treatment is issued just because an employee made a protected complaint about discrimination or harassment in the workplace, then the company can be viable for that wrongful conduct.
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