Fighting Race Discrimination

Our Chicago Employment Lawyer Will Protect Your Rights

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Racial discrimination has plagued American society since the time of the Founding Fathers. Although the 20th Century saw landmark civil rights progress—from the pivotal Supreme Court ruling in Brown. v. Board of Education to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964—this form of employment discrimination persists in workplaces around the nation. Experienced Chicago employment attorney Jemelle Cunningham recognizes that all things are not yet equal, and she aggressively defends the rights of employees who have been treated unfairly because of their race or skin color.

What Is Racial Discrimination?

Race discrimination and color discrimination can occur between people of the same race or skin color or between people of different races or skin colors. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission defines race/color discrimination as treating someone unfavorably because:

  • He or she is of a certain race or because of personal characteristics associated with race
  • He or she has a certain skin color
  • He or she has a relationship with someone of a certain race or skin color
  • He or she is affiliated with a race-based organization or an organization that is generally associated with people of a certain skin color

Federal and state employment laws protect individuals from being discriminated against based on race or skin color when it comes to hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment. Inspired by her passion for justice, Chicago employment lawyer Jemelle Cunningham helps workers understand their legal rights, empowering them to stand up to racism in the workplace.

Race/Color Harassment

Some employees endure unwanted verbal or physical conduct from a co-worker or supervisor because of their race or skin color, which constitutes harassment. Examples of race/color harassment include:

  • Using racial slurs
  • Making offensive or derogatory remarks about a person’s race or skin color
  • Displaying offensive symbols or pictures or using offensive gestures
  • Physically attacking someone because of his or her race or skin color

Employees do not have to combat race or color harassment on their own. Chicago employment attorney Jemelle Cunningham works with victims of workplace harassment every step of the way, from the free initial consultation, to the filing of appropriate legal pleadings, to resolution of the case.

From the South Side to Millennium Park, from the West Side to Soldier Field, and from Lincoln Park to the Loop, individuals who suffer racial discrimination in the workplace can contact Jemelle Cunningham at LAD Law Group, P.C. to take the first step toward obtaining justice. Do not settle for unfair treatment; as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent.” Stand up for yourself, and call today.