Race Discrimination

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Race Discrimination Lawyers in California

An unfortunate reality today is that race discrimination is all too common in the workplace. For 2019, the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) reported 72,675 charges of workplace discrimination, including 23,976 incidents of race discrimination (about a third of all discrimination charges), with 53.8% of all charges filed involving retaliation. 

It is illegal to treat an employee differently based on their race, but racist policies and practices exist in many work environments and take many forms. Racial discrimination may be intentional or unintentional and sometimes it is practiced so subtly one cannot be certain of the reason for unfavorable treatment. Discrimination of employees or job applicants based on race, color, or nationality is forbidden under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

Nonetheless, many employers engage in unfair behavior with respect to an employee’s race and that affects workers’ jobs, financial stability, and emotional well-being. At Lawyers for Justice, PC, we not only compile the evidence to prove racial discrimination occurred,wewill hold employers accountable under the law, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the EEOC, and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). A workplace discrimination lawyer can also achieve results such as reinstatement at your job and awarding damages such as pay for lost wages/future lost wages, compensatory damages, punitive damages, and reimbursement for attorney fees and litigation costs.

What Is Racial Discrimination?

Racial discrimination is when an individual is treated differently than others because of their color or race. It can involve outwardly hostile behavior towards people of other races or colors, but may also be perpetuated by subconscious behaviors and intentions. Whether it is obvious or not, discrimination is often not reported for various reasons. This allows some organizations to promote a culture of discrimination, even if many who work there aren’t aware of it. Fortunately, an experienced workplace race discrimination attorney is highly knowledgeable of these unfair environments and can analyze every detail to identify patterns of discrimination.

How Racial Discrimination Can Occur

Racial discrimination can involve any act that is unfavorable to an employee. To understand how discrimination may affect a person of a specific race, ethnicity, or ancestry, here are a few concrete examples of unfair behavior that can contribute to a hostile work environment: 

  • Refusal to hire a person, despite their qualifications, especially if all current employees in a company or department are of a specific background. 
  • Someone else gets a promotion despite have less experience in that area.
  • You earn less pay than people in a similar position and/or who’ve worked for the employer for a shorter amount of time.
  • Denial of benefits, job assignments, training, and other luxuries offered to other employers.
  • An employee is demoted, laid off, or fired; or forced to quit; for no reason.
  • Questions referencing an applicant’s race during an interview.
  • Derogatory statements including stereotypes and references to one’s race or physical characteristics.
  • Few racial minorities are present in a company and your qualifications and achievements are overlooked. 
  • A co-worker repeatedly makes offensive jokes, comments, or racial slurs towards another worker or with others in the company.
  • A co-worker or manager displays racially offensive symbols and images.

Laws and Regulations

Nationally, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act bans the discrimination of employees or job applicants on the basis of race, color, or national origin. All types of racial harassment are illegal. Amendments in the Civil Rights Act of 1991 included the ability for employees to recover punitive monetary damages for workplace race discrimination, including for lost wages, pain and emotional suffering, and mental anguish.

However, Title VII applies only to businesses with 15 or more employees. The California Fair Employment and Housing Act applies to businesses with five or more employees. State and local laws also forbid employers from limiting or segregating employees based on their race. 

Discrimination charges are filed with the EEOC, which oversees federal civil rights legislation and enforces laws regarding the prevention of discrimination against employees. It enforces laws against discrimination when hiring, firing, or promoting workers based on race and many other factors, including color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, and age. Groups who may face discrimination based on race (among four groups that have “protected status”) are covered by the EEOC, which has the power to investigate, file lawsuits, and create anti-discrimination programs.

A charge of discrimination can be filed with a state or local agency or the EEOC. For unlawful practices that occurred within a state, charges must be filed with a Fair Employment Protection Agency within 300 calendar days of the incident. If it occurred in another state, the charge must be filed within 180 days.

Contact Lawyers for Justice, PC Today for a Free Consultation

Lawyers for Justice, PC, serves Los Angeles and the entire state of California. Our law firm is experienced at fighting for the rights of workers who have faced racial discrimination in the workplace. If you feel an employer has treated you unfairly in its hiring process, you’ve been denied a promotion, or have been demoted, treated with hostility, or been wrongfully terminated because of your race, our attorneys will fight to hold your employer accountable and get you the compensation you deserve. To get started, call (818) JUSTICE or 818-587-8423 to set up a free consultation.


If you haven’t been paid the wages you deserve, have been harassed at work, or have been wrongfully terminated, we provide the legal advice and representation you need. At Lawyers for Justice, PC, our team understands every detail of state and federal labor laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which covers minimum wages, overtime pay, and recordkeeping. We’ve recovered millions of dollars in damages. Our attorneys have taken on the most complex of cases including mass torts and class action lawsuits involving California’s largest employers.

Why lawyers for justice

The law provides employees with rights they can exercise in a wide range of circumstances. Unfortunately, not all companies abide by their legal obligations or treat all employees fairly and equally. All too often, workers are terminated, harassed, discriminated against, or have their wages reduced or career opportunities blocked for the wrong reasons. People who put all their energy into their professions rarely have the legal know-how to fight their unscrupulous employers.

That’s what Lawyers for Justice, PC, is here for. You have the right to sue your employer for any type of discrimination, whether its denial of a job, a change in the terms of your employment, or wrongful termination due to qualities known as “protected classifications” (age, race, gender, etc.) or exercising your legal duties to report illegal activities or unsafe conditions. We represent workers who have been treated unfairly and get them compensated for lost wages and the hardship brought on by their employer’s actions.

Our litigation professionals have extensive experience in representing clients in all types of employment and labor law cases. We’ve won huge class action lawsuits ranging from unfair business practices to consumer fraud. If an employer violates California’s Labor Code, Business and Professions Code, or federal employment laws, we can protect employees’ rights and entitlements, in many different industries.

Lawyers for justice attorneys

Edwin Aiwazian

Founder of Lawyers for Justice, PC, Edwin Aiwazian established the law firm to provide workers with a voice and platform to speak up and assert their own rights. He graduated Pepperdine University

School of Law in 2004. Previously, Mr. Aiwazian focused on class actions, torts, and products liability cases while employed at Girardi &Keese, and has held companies in banking, manufacturing, retail, and other industries accountable for their actions. He is a member of Lawyers for Distinction was selected as a Super Lawyer by SuperLawyers.com for 2017 – 2020.


Joanna Ghosh

Joanna Ghosh is a Senior Attorney at Lawyers for Justice, PC, and represents workers in class and complex wage-and-hour matters. She is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association.

Admitted to practice law in California and New York, Joanna practices in United States District Courts in California and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. Before joining Lawyers for Justice, she was Principal Attorney at The Ghosh Law Group, APC, practicing in appellate, bankruptcy, and business litigation matters.


So What Are You Waiting For?

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