What Is Covered Under Racial Discrimination Law in Springfield, MA?

by | Jan 25, 2017 | Law Firm

If you’ve been the victim of discrimination at the workplace, then you may be able to receive compensation from your employer. Damages are awarded to an employee who has been discriminated against to account for any losses they have suffered as a result of their employer’s actions. Discrimination comes in many forms, including treating someone unfairly due to their race or skin color.

What Is Racial Discrimination?

By law, racial discrimination occurs when someone is treated differently or unfairly because of their actual or perceived race. It also includes discriminating against someone because of their color, which includes skin tone, pigmentation, or shade of skin. Under racial discrimination law in Springfield, MA, persons of different races or ethnicities or of the same race or ethnicity can commit color discrimination.

Laws protecting people in the workplace due to their race are part of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The act covers employers of private businesses, state and local governments, and educational establishments with 15 or more employees.

However, under state law, employees of companies with less than six employees can sue for discrimination. Under racial discrimination law, Title VII protects employees from being hired, fired, disciplined, or promoted, or not receiving compensation, job training, benefits, and other terms and conditions of employment based on race.

Possible Damages

Attorneys at Connor Morneau & Olin LLP can help employees who have been discriminated against due to race receive compensation in the form of:

  • back pay,
  • front pay,
  • promotion,
  • reinstatement,
  • punitive damages, and
  • compensatory damages.

Other actions can be taken to help make the discriminated person whole again, or as if the discrimination never occurred, as much as possible.

If you are having issues at work due to your race, contact an attorney specializing in racial discrimination law to discuss filing a lawsuit and receiving compensation. Click here for more details.

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