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Race, Color & National Origin Discrimination

In many ways, discrimination entails rules and policies being applied differently to different groups of people. Taking a stance against discrimination involves complicated legal steps. If you have been discriminated against based on your race, it is wise to contact a lawyer immediately. Important deadlines may prevent you from exercising your rights if you wait too long.

Stephanie Jane Hahn, an experienced Indianapolis race discrimination attorney, has guided clients through a wide range of workplace discrimination cases for more than 25 years. This type of discrimination is not limited to African-Americans or Hispanic-Americans, and we have helped clients from a variety of national origins through these issues.

Race discrimination or harassment comes in many forms, including:

  • Refusal to hire based on race
  • Refusal to promote based on race
  • Termination or demotion based on race
  • Making fun of an accent
  • Making fun of someone’s style
  • Inappropriate cartoons or jokes
  • Name calling
  • Creation of policies that favor one race over another

Commonly, racial discrimination comes in one of two forms:

  • Disparate treatment refers to the act of treating people differently on an individual basis because of characteristics not in their control such as race or national origin. This form of overt discrimination or harassment can include making fun of the way someone talks or mocking his or her appearance.
  • Disparate impact refers to a more covert form of discrimination. Typically, this entails the creation of a policy that effectively keeps out a certain group of people by leveling unnecessary requirements on a position — requiring a janitor to have a college degree, for example, or enacting “English language only” requirements on positions that should not have language requirements at all.

Section 1981

The Civil Rights Act of 1866 is largely considered the United States’ first civil rights legislation. It was created following the Civil War to ensure that all American citizens were treated equally regardless of race. Section 1981 of the act confers a series of legal rights to all citizens.

Section 1981 reads, in part:

“All persons within the jurisdiction of the United States shall have the same right in every State and Territory to make and enforce contracts, to sue, be parties, give evidence, and to the full and equal benefit of all laws and proceedings for the security of persons and property as is enjoyed by white citizens, and shall be subject to like punishment, pains, penalties, taxes, licenses, and exactions of every kind, and to no other.”

Stephanie Jane Hahn, Attorney At Law PC, A Statewide Practice

Don’t try to tackle difficult employment issues on your own. If you have questions regarding race or national origin discrimination, contact Stephanie Jane Hahn, Attorney at Law PC, to schedule a consultation.