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Racial Discrimination

Pittsburgh Attorneys fighting Racial Discrimination

Racial discrimination occurs when a person is negatively singled out because of that person’s race or color.  Harassment may include, for example, racial slurs, offensive or derogatory remarks about a person’s race or color, or use of racially offensive symbols. While one time teasing or offhand comments are not considered to be illegal, harassment that occurs so frequently or severely that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment IS a sign you may want to consult a race discrimination lawyer. Our Pittsburgh office has helped people throughout Western PA deal with illegal harassment.

Employees are protected from discrimination based on race or color under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA) and Pittsburgh Code.  Discrimination on the basis of race or color does not have to be harassment. It can be related to any aspect of employment. If you were unfairly treated due to your race during hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, demotions, layoffs, or training and education, you may have a case. Race discrimination also can involve treating someone less favorably because that person is married to, or associated with, a person of a certain race or color, or because of that person’s involvement in, or support of, an organization associated with people of a particular race or color.

It is illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee or applicant who has filed a charge of racial discrimination, complained about race discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination proceeding.

The City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County also have protections and remedies for people who experience racial discrimination.

Call 412-338-1195 or email our Pittsburgh discrimination lawyers to answer your questions and so we can learn more about your situation and how best to help.