Discrimination in the workplace is prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Under the law, employment discrimination based on race, sex, color, religion, or national origin is against the law; the law also makes it illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee who files a discrimination claim. At the law office of Zatuchni & Associates, our Lambertville employment lawyers can help you if you’ve been a victim of discrimination in the workplace. Reach out to us today for a consultation to learn more about your rights.
What Is Ethnic Discrimination?
It is illegal to discriminate against someone based on their race, ethnicity, or national origin. While ethnic discrimination is similar to racial or national origin discrimination, it’s not the same. “Ethnicity” is defined as “the fact or state of belonging to a social group that has a common national or cultural tradition.” For example, those in an ethnic group may share the same language, cultural practices, beliefs, or ancestors. Ethnic discrimination means discriminating against a person based on their ethnic group or their perceived ethnic group.
Examples of Ethnic Discrimination in the Workplace
Ethnic discrimination in the workplace can present itself in many forms. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) explains that discrimination is illegal in the workplace when it involves:
- Unfair treatment because of ethnicity (or one of the other protected statuses/characteristics)
- Harassment by managers, co-workers, or others in the workplace
- Denial of a reasonable workplace change that’s needed because of religious beliefs
- Improper questions about or disclosure of your genetic information
- Retaliation because you filed a discrimination complaint
In addition to the above, examples of discrimination might include being denied a job that you were qualified for because of your ethnicity, being terminated or retaliated against because of your ethnicity, or being harassed in the workplace based on your ethnicity.
Your Right to File a Complaint
If you have been a victim of ethnic discrimination in the workplace, you have a right to file a discrimination complaint. Under the law, an employer cannot retaliate against you for filing a complaint, whether that is a formal or informal complaint. If your employer does retaliate, they could face legal consequences.
By filing a formal discrimination complaint, you may be able to seek legal remedies. Examples of remedies that may be available to you include back pay for lost wages, reinstatement to your position, a promotion you were denied, and more.
Get Help from an Experienced Ethnic Discrimination Attorney in Lambertville Today
Filing a complaint about discrimination can be intimidating and feel overwhelming to the average employee. At the law office of Zatuchni & Associates, our Lambertville ethnic discrimination attorneys have experience representing clients like you who have been unfairly discriminated against in the workplace due to their race, religion, national origin, or ethnicity. We have represented clients from countries worldwide and are committed to protecting your rights. To schedule a free consultation with our ethnic discrimination lawyers in Lambertville, call us directly or send us a message online at your convenience.
Our ethnic discrimination attorneys offer legal services in the following cities and counties in New Jersey:
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Hackensack, Newark, Morristown, Jersey City, Flemington, Lambertville, Princeton, Trenton, Edison, New Brunswick, Woodbridge Township, Bridgewater Township, Elizabeth
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