Members of all races are protected from discrimination based on their race, although race discrimination is clearly most common toward people of color. Managers who make decisions influenced by racial bias may not always be consciously aware of their own bias, but workplace racial discrimination is still wrong and illegal.
It is also against the law for your employer to discriminate against you because you associate with or are married to someone of a different race or because you have multiracial children.
Examples of workplace racial discrimination may include:
- The employer chooses a less-qualified applicant over you
- You receive lower pay or benefits than white coworkers
- Your employer holds you to higher standards than it does white employees
- The employer uses tests or other screening mechanisms that result in exclusion of people of color
- Your employer sets up greater barriers to advancement for employees of color