In a previous Santa Ana employment discrimination lawyers blog, Vincent Howard discussed the topic of discrimination in the workplace based on race, and the federal and state laws in place that prohibit employers from engaging in this kind of illegal employment activity.
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, employers are prohibited from discriminating against individuals in the workplace on the basis of color, race, national origin, gender or religion. As Vincent Howard frequently reports, Title VII states that it is against the law to discriminate against a worker, employee, or a person applying for a job, in regard to any conditions, terms, or privileges of employment, including hiring, job advancement, firing, and employment training.
Under Title VII, workplace decisions that are based on any stereotypes or assumptions about the abilities, performance or traits of individuals or of certain racial groups are also prohibited. And the act also prohibits any intentional discrimination as well as any neutral employment policies that unfairly exclude minorities and are not related to the specific job. Discrimination based on immutable racial characteristics, such as the color of skin, hair texture, or specific facial features, is also against the law, even though not all members of a certain race share the exact same characteristics.
The act also prohibits employment discrimination that is based on certain conditions, which predominately affect one race-- like sickle cell anemia, occurring predominately in African-Americans--unless the practice relates to the job and is consistent to the necessity of the business.