Race Discrimination

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Portland Race Discrimination Attorneys

Advocating Fair Employment Practices Throughout Oregon

All workers in the United States are entitled to equal and fair treatment, no matter their race or country of origin. While much progress has been made in establishing and strengthening equality in workplaces throughout the country, racial prejudice still unjustly influences many employment decisions.

Our Portland race discrimination lawyers at Bullman Law Firm are committed to fighting for employee rights. We never represent employers and are prepared to go up against the largest and strongest corporations. When you come to our firm, we will help you explore all of your legal options and do everything possible to get you the justice that you deserve.

Discuss your race discrimination claim with us today. Call (503) 714-9311 or contact us online to schedule a free initial case review with our team.

Understanding Oregon’s Racial Discrimination Laws

Federal and state laws mandate that employers cannot discriminate against employees on the basis of their race. This means that it is illegal for an employer to hire, fire, discipline, or otherwise mistreat an employee because of their race. Many forms of race-based discrimination overlap with discrimination based on national origin.

Employers are expected to maintain anti-racism policies and take allegations of racially motivated discrimination or misconduct seriously. Employers also cannot retaliate against employees who file internal or external complaints involving race discrimination. This can include situations where a person is demoted, disciplined, or even terminated after filing a claim.

Our Portland race discrimination attorneys can assist you with claims involving:

  • Hiring Discrimination. When hiring decisions appear to disproportionately involve one race or exclude another race, discrimination may be at play.
  • Unfair Pay. An employee’s race cannot be a factor when determining compensation, including benefits.
  • Wrongful Termination. When layoffs or a series of individual terminations appear to adversely impact or favor a particular race, discrimination may be involved.
  • Denial of Promotions and Advancement Opportunities. Discrimination may be unlawfully influencing decisions over who to promote if advancement opportunities exclusively favor one race or seem to exclude another race.
  • Racial Harassment. Under state and federal law, employers cannot tolerate or perpetuate racial forms of harassment, including the use of racial slurs or any behavior that contributes to a hostile work environment.
  • Retaliation. If you are abruptly demoted, have hours reduced, receive unfavorable work assignments, or are otherwise treated differently soon after filing a formal race discrimination complaint, you may have been retaliated against on racial grounds.

Recognizing Racial Discrimination During a Hiring Process

Employers cannot make hiring or recruitment decisions on the basis of a candidate’s race. Some types of recruitment discrimination can be extremely obvious, while others will be less overt. It is important to pay careful attention to what is said during an interview if you suspect race may play an improper role in a company’s hiring decisions.

You may be experiencing race discrimination during a hiring process if:

  • You are asked about your skin color, hairstyle, dress, accent, or country of origin
  • Your recruiter or interviewer worries about your “fitting in” in an office that is predominantly made up of people of another race
  • You are qualified for the job, but an unqualified person of another race is ultimately hired
  • Your recruiter or interviewer references racial stereotypes or slurs
  • Your recruiter or interviewer otherwise calls unwarranted attention to your race

Filing a Racial Discrimination Claim

When you believe you have been discriminated against on the basis of race in the workplace or during a hiring process, you will need to act quickly. You can choose to pursue a claim with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI). While you can choose to address your concerns with your employer through an internal grievance procedure or human relations department, it is important to remember that companies will generally move to protect themselves and are not looking out for you.

In most cases where both state and federal rules apply, you will have as many as 300 days to submit a complaint to the EEOC after an act of racial discrimination has occurred. You will have up to 5 years from the date of the discrimination incident to file a claim with BOLI, but it is often in your best interest to file as soon as possible.

After receiving your complaint, the EEOC and BOLI will perform an investigation and review available evidence about the allegations of race discrimination. If either agency determines that race discrimination likely occurred, they will attempt to negotiate a settlement with your employer. Should negotiations fail, the EEOC or BOLI can file a lawsuit against your employer.

You may have the opportunity to file a lawsuit against your employer yourself after an EEOC or BOLI investigation. If the EEOC or BOLI choose not to litigate after determining race discrimination likely occurred or if they conclude that there is insufficient evidence to suggest race discrimination occurred, you will typically be served with a Notice of Right to Sue. You will then have up to 90 days to initiate legal action against your employers.

Our Portland race discrimination lawyers at Bullman Law Firm can assist you with all elements of your claim. We can help you prepare documentation and evidence for your BOLI or EEOC claim and fight for your interests in any necessary legal action.

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