Our nation has made great strides in race relations in the last 70 years. But as new immigrant groups become prominent in the workforce and new stereotypes and fears take hold, discrimination in the workplace continues to be a problem. The attorneys of the Sanford Law Firm understand the humiliation and anger that victims of racial discrimination frequently experience and the economic ramifications of being unable to find a job or losing existing employment due to unfair and racially based assumptions about your character. We help workers use the legal process to hold employers accountable for acts of discrimination.
Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in hiring, firing and the terms and conditions of employment based upon race, color or national origin. Similar legislation in Arkansas and other states extends these prohibitions to smaller employers who would not otherwise be subject to Title VII. Of the more than 99,000 charges the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received in 2011, over 35,000 alleged racial discrimination. More than 11,800 alleged discrimination based on national origin and more than 2,800 alleged discrimination based on color.
Racial discrimination claims can be challenging for other attorneys. Because racism is considered socially unacceptable by most people, it is rare for employers to be up front about decisions being racially motivated. More frequently, an employer will provide some pretense for treating employees or applicants of a certain race unfairly. It is up to an experienced attorney to dig through records to uncover evidence of an employer’s true motivations and closely review policies and employer statistics to uncover patterns of racially motivated behavior or policies that disparately impact people of a certain background.
Moreover, not all racial discrimination is intentional. Unnecessary application requirements that tend to screen out people of certain races are also actionable under Title VII. Similarly, recruitment or advertising practices that exclude certain groups can also be a form of racial discrimination. Employers who engage in these types of unintentional discrimination may be more willing to alter their policies without legal intervention and we are willing to work with accommodating employers when the circumstances warrant. But we also fight hard to hold uncooperative employers accountable and act swiftly to snuff out attempts of retaliation against our clients.
The attorneys of the Sanford Law Firm understand the personal impact that employment discrimination can have on those who suffer it. With offices located in Little Rock and Russellville, we help workers throughout Arkansas investigate and pursue claims for racially motivated discrimination. But we are ready and willing to work in other states — wherever workers need a strong and principled advocate. Call our Little Rock office at 501-476-6251 or toll free at or contact us online to schedule a consultation regarding your employment issue.