In this day and age, you probably would be wondering why there are a lot of progressive groups that still call for the stoppage of racism. Some may find this a little bit funny since it’s been ages since laws against discrimination has been made, passed, and implemented. However, the truth remains that discrimination still happens, even in the workplace.
Take the case of three African-American employees of a major construction company in Utah. The three employees filed a case against their former employer after they were subjected to racial discrimination and retaliation. The company’s site superintendent would call these African-American employees the “N-word” or a variation of the word while speaking to the harassed workers. Also there were racist graffiti in the firm’s many on-site portable toilets. Then one of the employees was fired after asking the help of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for their complaints. The agency also believes that the company’s anti-harassment policy was unreasonable since harassed workers are asked to report the act of harassment to the very supervisor that harassed them.
The federal and state governments have been trying their very best to help stop or at least, minimize race & national origin discrimination. They have come up with laws that aim to combat discrimination and trying their hardest in implementing it. However, the government needs all the help that the citizens can give to report individuals or companies that are committing such discrimination to make them accountable for their offenses.
That is why it is important for you to be aware of what your rights are as an employee, or a citizen in general. If you have been a victim of abuse, harassment, or discrimination; you should go and stand up and fight for your rights. It is best that you file a complaint with the concerned government agency that handles such cases. This way, these agencies can assist you in fighting for your rights: From the preparation, to the filing and trial of the appropriate complaints. In the end, no one can be pushed around and taken advantage of if no one will allow nobody to do so.