Like any working professional in Kansas City, all that you ask for is equal footing with your co-workers. Yet we here at Thornberry Brown, LLC can attest to the fact that, based upon the experiences of some of our past clients, such treatment is not always automatic. While many may argue that race relations have drastically improved throughout the years, many more still will say that the policies and procedures of certain companies show that we still have a long way to go. Fortunately, the law does offer you certain protections to prevent you from being discriminated against due to your race or ethnicity.
The regulations prohibiting racial discrimination can be found in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The details of the act (as shared by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) state that it is unlawful to discriminate based upon your race or color in regard to any of the following job-related areas:
- Job training
- Any other term or condition of employment
Not only does Title VII prevent intentional discrimination, but is also protects you from neutral job policies. These are practices that, while not appearing to be race-related at face value, are considered to be disproportionately restrictive to a particular ethnicity. These may include dress code policies that appear to discriminate against features and conditions often associated with race (even though not all members of the same race share them). Other examples may be restrictive attendance and conduct policies that do not respect the religious or cultural practices of a certain ethnic group. Title VII also prohibits discrimination based upon your marriage or association with a person of a different race.
For more information on other protections from racial discrimination, please continue to explore our site.