In today’s world many employees still face discrimination because of their race or skin color. Racial discrimination can also be based on an employee’s spouses’ race or even an employee’s association with a race-based organization or group that is associated with people of a certain color.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or color. Discrimination can take many forms. Whether it’s the boss withholding a deserved promotion or a company that holds non-whites to a higher standard, these practices are illegal for certain employers. Discrimination can take the form of any aspect of employment including hiring, firing, demotion, promotions, fringe benefits, or some other condition of employment.
Before filing suit against your employer you must first file a claim with the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Claims filed with the FCHR must be filed within 365 days of the date the discrimination occurred. Claims filed with the EEOC must be filed within 300 days of the date the discrimination occurred. However, it is always advisable to meet with an attorney or file your claim as soon as you can so that you don’t waive other remedies.
If you feel you have been the victim of racial discrimination, please do not hesitate to call our offices in Tampa or Tallahassee. When you call, an attorney will be happy to discuss your claim and determine your best options.