Outten & Golden attorneys are on the forefront of the fight against discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, and national origin. We help the victims of discrimination understand what their options are and what kind of redress they can obtain.
Federal and state laws prohibit employers from discriminating against employees because of their race, ethnicity, color, or national origin. Discrimination can happen in many ways. For example, an employer may fire or refuse to hire a person; give an employee less-favorable treatment, fewer job or promotional opportunities, or less pay than others; or subject an employee to harassment or racial or ethnic slurs. The law also prohibits employers from using policies or practices that may not be intentionally racist, but that have the effect of treating minority employees or applicants less favorably than white individuals. For example, many written examinations, promotional policies, and criminal or credit screening policies have been shown to have a discriminatory impact on certain racial groups.