Discrimination & Harassment

Race

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.

News

Growing use of FBI screens raises concerns about accuracy, racial bias

The Washington Post—Ylan Q. Mui

Employers are increasingly turning to the FBI’s criminal databases to screen job applicants, sparking concerns about the accuracy of the agency’s information and the potential for racial discrimination.

Many of the FBI’s records list only arrests and not the outcomes of those cases, such as convictions. Consumer groups say that missing information often results in job applicants who are wrongfully rejected. A lawsuit filed against the Commerce Department by minorities alleges that the use of incomplete databases means that African Americans and Hispanics are denied work in disproportionate...