Race Discrimination Attorneys in New Hampshire
Defending Workers for Over 20 Years
Race discrimination and harassment happens frequently in New Hampshire and can take many forms from losing your job to racial slurs or jokes to creating a hostile work environment. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, there were approximately 34,000 complaints of race-based discrimination filed in the United States for 2008. Our race discrimination lawyers in New Hampshire want to successfully resolve your claim. Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C. understand the sensitive and difficult nature of these cases and the emotional upset caused by the discrimination.
Your Rights in the Workplace
We handle many race discrimination protections because a person is protected against employment discrimination based on race and color. Employment opportunities cannot be denied any person because of his/her racial group or perceived racial group, his/her race-linked characteristics (e.g., hair texture, color, facial features), or because of his/her marriage to or association with someone of a particular race or color. This means that employers cannot make employment decisions based on stereotypes and assumptions about abilities, traits, or the performance of individuals of certain racial groups.
It is unlawful to discriminate against any individual regarding recruiting, hiring and promotion, transfer, work assignments, performance measurements, the work environment, job training, discipline and discharge, wages and benefits, or any other term, condition, or privilege of employment.
How We Can Protect You
Race discrimination and harassment can occur in a variety of circumstances, and our race discrimination attorneys handle many race-related protections, including:
- Recruiting, hiring, and advancement: Job requirements must be uniformly and consistently applied to persons of all races and colors.
- Harassment/hostile work environment:This can include offensive conduct, such as racial or ethnic slurs, racial “jokes,” derogatory comments, or other verbal or physical conduct based on an individual’s race/color. The conduct has to be unwelcome and offensive, and has to be severe or pervasive. Employers are required to take appropriate steps to prevent and correct unlawful harassment. Likewise, employees are responsible for reporting harassment at an early stage to prevent its escalation.
- Compensation and other employment terms, conditions, and privileges:Race or color discrimination may not be the basis for differences in pay or benefits, work assignments, performance evaluations, training, discipline or discharge, or any other area of employment.
- Segregation and classification of employees: Violations can occur where employees who belong to a protected group are segregated by physically isolating them from other employees or from customer contact. In addition, employers may not assign employees according to race or color. It is also illegal to exclude members of one group from particular positions or to group or categorize employees or jobs so that certain jobs are generally help by members of a certain protected group.
Insurance companies and employers know our reputation for going to trial with successful results for our clients. This gives us leverage to get you the compensation you deserve for your race discrimination claim.
If you have been victimized by race discrimination on the job, our New Hampshire race discrimination lawyers have years of trial experience in successfully handling race discrimination claims, and can represent you against your employer and the insurance company at the EEOC, NH Commission for Human Rights, or in court.
Q:Why should I hire Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C. as my lawyers?
A:Many lawyers claim to have employment law experience. Also, many lawyers try to have it both ways and represent employers and employees. Our focus is on the employees. Our employment lawyers regularly represent clients at the Department of Labor, EEOC, and New Hampshire Human Rights Commission, as well as try cases to juries in Superior Court.
Q:What is race discrimination?
A:It is unlawful to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race or color in regard to hiring, termination, promotion, compensation, job training or any other term, condition, or privilege of employment. Employment decisions based on stereotypes and assumptions about abilities, trades, or the performance of individuals of certain racial groups is also prohibited.
Q:I am being harassed at work based on my race. Is that illegal?
A:Harassment on the basis of race and/or color can violate state and federal anti-discrimination statutes. Ethnic slurs, racial “jokes,” offensive or derogatory comments, or other verbal or physical conduct based on an individual’s race/color constitutes unlawful harassment if the conduct creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment, or interferes with the individual’s work performance.
Q:Is an employer allowed to segregate minority employees from other employees?
A:Anti-discrimination statutes prohibits minority employees from being segregated by physically isolating them from other employees or from customer contact. It may also be illegal to exclude minorities from certain positions or to group or categorize employees or jobs so that certain jobs are generally held by minorities.
Q:What protections do I have if I file a discrimination charge?
A:It is unlawful to retaliate against an individual for opposing employment practices that discriminate for filing a discrimination charge, testifying, or participating in any way an investigation, proceeding, or litigation for unlawful discrimination.
Q:What if my employer retaliates against me for filing a complaint?
A:It is unlawful to retaliate against a person for imposing employment practices that discriminate based on sex or filing a discrimination charge, testifying, or participating in any way in an investigation, proceeding, or litigation under state or federal sexual harassment laws.
Q:Do I need to hire an employment lawyer?
A:Yes. Employers and their insurance companies have experienced lawyers on their side. Because of the different laws protecting employees’ rights, it is important to have an experienced employment lawyer represent you. Having a skilled and experienced lawyer representing you will level the playing field against your former employer. Many victims of illegal employment make the mistake of not consulting with an experienced employment lawyer. An employment lawyer can explain your rights, whether you have an employment case, and if so, what damages you may be entitled to receive under the law.
Q:How will my lawyer get paid?
A:Like most employment law cases, race discrimination cases are typically handled on a contingency fee arrangement. This means that an attorney does not get paid until you recover damages in your case.