In our last post, we discussed the fact that discrimination in the modern workplace often appears in relatively subtle forms. Discriminatory behaviors can be so subtle that many victims are left wondering if there has actually been any intentional wrongdoing on the part of their employers or co-workers.
If you believe that you may be experiencing race discrimination at your place of employment or in the application process, understand that your perceptions may be spot on. According to The Atlantic, in 2013 the national unemployment rate for young black college grads was more than twice as high as the overall unemployment average for this age group. Disparities in hiring extend to other minorities and older minorities as well when compared to national overall averages with respect to any given age group.
If you have thought about approaching an attorney in regards to your unique circumstances, you may have had loved ones or colleagues discourage you from doing so because the discriminatory behaviors you are picking up on are either “all in your head” or “cannot be proven.” However, attorneys experienced in employment law are well-aware of the fact that discrimination in the modern American workplace tends to be subtle in nature.
The law protects individuals from racial discrimination in the workplace, whether that discrimination is blatant or subtle. If you have questions about possibly discriminatory behaviors that are affecting your career, please do not hesitate to reach out to an experienced attorney. He or she can explain what legal options may be available to you.
Source: MinnPost, "Opportunity gaps don't end after college graduation," Michael Diedrich, June 13, 2014