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Are white people protected under racial discrimination laws?

| Jul 12, 2018 | Race Discrimination |

Racial discrimination and related issues are something no employer wants to occur in their Missouri workplace yet issues arise all the time. Whether it is blatant or subtler, discrimination based on race is hurtful and uncalled for. While employers may focus on protecting those employees that are part of a minority race, white employees may be left without protecting. If you are white, you may think you do not have any protection under discrimination laws.

This is actually a misconception. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, everyone is protected under discrimination laws. This includes any person of any race, even if you are white. The only requirements under racial discrimination laws is that you are being mistreated or unfairly treated simply because of your race.

While you may not experience discrimination the same way as someone in a minority race, it still happens. The law does not distinguish that some races should be more protected than others. So, if you are white and you feel you are being discriminated against because of your race, you can seek the same remedies as anyone else.

Also, keep in mind that race discrimination can happen even if the person discriminating against you is also white. It is possible for this to occur, and you may not even realize it. The bottom line is that all workers should be treated equal regardless of physical or biological characteristics. That is why such legal protections are offered through discrimination laws. This information is for education and is not legal advice.