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Are white people protected under racial discrimination laws?

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.

Is pregnancy discrimination still a problem?

Having children is a dream shared by couples throughout Missouri. They may spend months and years trying to get pregnant and when they succeed, it is joyous news to share with friends and family. As the news makes its way around the office, a pregnant woman may also have to deal with some not-so-happy reactions. As the baby grows and the mom-to-be starts to show, she may find herself suddenly on the sidelines or worse, unemployed.

Frequently Asked Questions About Racial Discrimination

As a Kansas City employer, being able to identify potential issues in your workplace is key to preventing serious consequences from occurring. This is especially true when it comes to racial discrimination. Because instances of discrimination are can sometimes be subtle, many employers remain unaware of a problem until it is too late. Fortunately, WorkplaceFairness.org clears up the confusion by answering the following frequently asked questions.

Recognizing race discrimination in the workplace

Regrettably, racial discrimination in the workplace continues to be a problem across Missouri and much of the United States. If you have ever bee a victim of this type of discrimination, you may have firsthand knowledge of how much it can affect your overall quality of life and your ability to earn an income. At Thornberry Brown, LLC, we understand the laws that protect employees with regard to racial discrimination, and we have helped many clients who experienced mistreatment on the job pursue appropriate legal recourse.

Employee criticism leads to lawsuit against Ford

Most in Kansas City might assume race discrimination to be subtle, with those accused of engaging in it looking for backhanded ways to impede the progress of others due to their race or nationality. Yet consistent criticisms of one's struggles may also be viewed as discriminatory in certain situations. Consider one for whom English is his or her second language. A degree of understanding should be afforded knowing that he or she is not a native speaker. He or she may also be expected to allow listeners the chance to politely ask for clarification on things he or she says. It is when politeness is forgotten that discrimination may begin. 

Addressing race discrimination in a work environment

While the nation has taken a progressive stance toward many issues over recent years, it still sees an overwhelming number of cases regarding race discrimination. All employees -- no matter the industry -- receive protection from harassment under state law. Nevertheless, countless Missouri employees file complaints. Below are some of the basics when it comes to filing a discrimination complaint, as well as a picture of what race discrimination looks like in America today.

What is retaliation protection?

If you live in Missouri, you have the right to not only fight against discrimination in the workplace, but to also remain secure in your job during and afterwards without facing retaliation for speaking up. Assuming you continue fulfilling your duties as they are outlined in your job description, you are lawfully shielded from being negatively targeted.

The reality of pregnancy discrimination

When Missouri women announce their pregnancies, they may think their colleagues will be excited by their news. Many women usually do not expect to be treated differently simply because they are pregnant. Pregnancy discrimination is not uncommon in the workplace, though, and it is important for women to understand this form of discrimination.

Is there a "glass ceiling" over your head?

With all the hard work that you do for your company in Kansas City, one can understand how frustrating you must feel when you are passed over for promotion. That frustration becomes compounded even further as it happens again and again. Pretty soon, you may feel as though you have hit the proverbial "glass ceiling." Yet how can you tell if that glass ceiling has been placed above you because of your race

What is affirmative action?

You may often hear a term repeated again and again when dealing with cases of alleged racial discrimination in Kansas City: "affirmative action." This phrase is likely not new to you due to the fact that it is often referenced when dealing with other issues (such as admission policies for institutes of higher learning). Yet if you are like most, you may not have a strong understanding of what it actually means, and how it may apply in the business world. 

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