Are all races protected in the workplace?
That answer is yes. No employer can make a decision about hiring, firing, promotions, discipline, or any other adverse employment action based on race. There really are no exceptions to that. Whether it be the dominant race, in this country that would be the Caucasian or white race. You can’t discriminate against someone because they’re white. Similarly, you can’t discriminate against someone because they’re black or yellow or from a particular part of the world. You also can’t discriminate against someone if they associate with someone of a different race or of a particular race. For example, if you’re married to a person of a particular race and your employer doesn’t like that, you’re protected as a result of that.
This all goes back to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It was a very important act in our country, because it really did begin to integrate our workforce. As people began to work together, they began to understand how to prosper together and to live together. As a result of that, we now have a much more diverse and integrated workspace than we did say, 40 or 50 years ago. We still have a long way to go on that. There still are people who make decisions based on race and not on merit. One of the things we do here at the Crone Law Firm is we hold people responsible who make those kinds of decisions. It’s not right and it’s certainly not good business. As a businessperson, you want to hire the best person possible for the job, not the best person who fits some sort of racial stereotype.
*This is a transcript of the Facebook Live video from 7-26-18 Click here to watch the video.