Racial discrimination and ethnicity discrimination are both prohibited forms of employment discrimination under Title VII and Texas law. Race or racial discrimination relates to a person’s physical appearance, such as skin color. Ethnicity discrimination relates to a person’s ancestry or culture. Perpetrators of discrimination rarely see a difference between the two but the discrimination you experience in the workplace may be one or the other or both. Racial discrimination can come in various forms that relate to skin color, accents, speaking style, clothing, association, appearance, behavior or stereotypes unrelated to anything specific to you or your identity. Racial discrimination and ethnic discrimination claims can be complex claims due to the laws prohibiting these forms of discrimination and the legal requirements to prove claims of discrimination. Working with an racial discrimination attorney can be critical to defending your job and standing up for justice.
How race and ethnicity discrimination occurs in the workplace
Racial discrimination and ethnicity discrimination is prohibited in any part of the employment relationship, from hiring practices through termination of employment. Race and ethnicity discrimination is prohibited when it has a negative effect on obtaining or keeping a job as well as the terms and conditions of employment. Common ways discrimination can occur: