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Race and National Origin Discrimination

Charlotte Race and National Origin Discrimination Attorney

Race and national origin discrimination occurs when an employee is treated adversely by their employer on account of their race or national origin. Among other things, employees can be discriminated against on the basis of their race or national origin in employment decisions (e.g., hiring, firing, promotion), workplace rules, compensation, and in the existence of a non-threatening work environment.

At Strianese Huckert LLP, our Charlotte race and national origin discrimination lawyers are skilled, results-focused advocates for our clients. We are committed to fighting for the rights of employees—not large corporations. Everyone deserves a workplace free from discrimination. If you or someone you know was the victim of racial discrimination or national origin discrimination, we can help. To set up a strictly confidential, no commitment initial consultation, please call our Charlotte law office right away.

Race Discrimination: Know Your Rights

Employees are protected against race discrimination under federal law (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964) and state law (North Carolina Equal Employment Practices Act). These protections cover far more than merely the most overt acts of racial and national origin discrimination. The law prohibits intentional discrimination and racial prejudice, as well as “neutral” job policies that disproportionately exclude minority employees or put them at a disadvantage in the workplace.

Some notable examples of race discrimination in the workplace include: 

  • The use race or national origin as the criteria to determine which employees to hire, or fire, or how to pay employees;
  • Harassment of employees based on their race or national origin by making ethnic slurs or remarks, engaging in stereotyping, or allowing a hostile or intimidating working environment; 
  • Denial of opportunities or support on a discriminatory basis; and
  • The practice of treating employees differently in performance evaluations or discipline because of their race.  

Unfortunately, race and national origin discrimination still exist today. In one shocking study, researchers sent out hundreds of resumes all with similar qualifications, but half of the resumes had “white” sounding names and half had “minority” sounding names. The result? The resumes with “white” sounding names were far more likely to obtain an interview request from prospective employers. As this study shows, race and national origin discrimination is still prevalent in our society. 

The bottom line: You should not be treated differently than your co-workers because of your race, color, or national origin. Employees who suffered adverse treatment based on race—whether it is generalized workplace harassment or a wrongful termination—may have a discrimination claim under federal law, North Carolina law, or both. If you have been the victim of race or national origin discrimination, it is imperative that you act to protect your rights. We encourage you to contact our Charlotte, NC law office for further information. 

Workplace Race and National Origin Discrimination: Retaliation is Strictly Prohibited

You have the right to report race and national origin discrimination, file a discrimination complaint, or support another employee’s complaint without facing any form of retribution from your employer. Sadly, in far too many cases, employees who bring discrimination claims are retaliated against for doing so. This is against the law. Employers can be held liable for retaliation. If you were punished after reporting or complaining about racial or national origin discrimination, our Charlotte retaliation attorneys are standing by, ready to help. We will take aggressive action to protect your rights. 

Why You Can Trust the Charlotte Race and National Origin Discrimination Lawyers at Strianese Huckert

Employment discrimination claims are complicated, with each case carrying its own unique set of facts and circumstances. Further, many race and national origin discrimination cases involve subtle and unconscious biases—things that may be difficult to articulate, but are nonetheless extraordinarily harmful to the victims. At Strianese Huckert LLP, we will put in the time, effort, and resources to get to know you and your case. Our firm takes on a relatively small number of claims so that we can offer every client effective, fully personalized representation. When you submit a case evaluation, our North Carolina race and national origin discrimination lawyer is prepared to: 

  • Conduct a comprehensive, confidential review of your discrimination claim; 
  • Answer questions about your rights and options under state and federal law;
  • Investigate the matter—gathering relevant information and evidence; and
  • Craft a legal strategy focused on getting you the best possible outcome. 

Call Our Charlotte, NC Race and National Origin Discrimination Attorneys for Immediate Assistance

At Strianese Huckert LLP, our North Carolina race and national origin discrimination lawyers have the skills and experience to get employees justice, accountability, and financial compensation. For a fully confidential review of your discrimination case, please contact us right away. With an office in Charlotte, we handle race & national origin discrimination claims throughout North Carolina, including in Mooresville, Statesville, Concord, Gastonia, Davidson, Wesley Chapel, Waxhaw, Mint Hill, Monroe, and Cornelius.