Race & Color Discrimination Attorney in California

Race & Color Discrimination in California

Race and color discrimination is the most commonly reported form of discrimination in the United States. It is a serious matter that impacts both the employee and the employer negatively.

According to reports, in the fiscal year 2013, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received 33,068 charges of race discrimination, representing 33.6 percent of the total charges received. The EEOC also received 3,146 charges of color discrimination, representing 3.4% of the total.

Any form of discrimination based on a person’s race or color is prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Nevertheless, discrimination runs rampant and it’s important to know your rights in such cases.

If you or a loved one is facing discrimination based on color or race, contact Soho Law for a case review and our team will provide a custom strategy for your case. Contact our discrimination law legal team at Soho Law now! Call us now at 310-803-9560 for a FREE CONSULTATION

What is Race & Color Discrimination?

While there is often an overlap between color and race discrimination, both forms of discrimination have clear definitions.

Race discrimination is when your employer treats you less favorably, or subjects you to some adverse employment action, because of your race or because of characters traits related to your race (such as hair, skin color, or facial features).

Color discrimination is when your employer treats you less favorably, or subjects you to some adverse employment action, because of the color of your skin.

What are Some Examples of Race & Color Discrimination?

  • Not interviewing or hiring qualified candidates of a particular race or based on complexion or skin tone
  • Providing different compensation or benefits to employees of different races
  • Assigning work based on race
  • Disciplining employees of different races differently for similar behavior
  • Allowing race-based harassment that creates a hostile or offensive work environment
  • Segregating racial minorities by assigning them to areas without customer contact


Your employer cannot discriminate against you on the basis of your race or the color of your skin when it comes to any aspect of employment including:

  • Hiring
  • Firing
  • Pay
  • Job assignments
  • Promotion
  • Layoff
  • Training
  • Fringe benefits
  • Any other term or condition of employment.

Your Rights in California When Facing Racial or Color Discrimination

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provides the strongest basis for Race Discrimination protection. Title VII states that: “It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer: to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; or to limit, segregate, or classify his employees or applicants for employment in any way which would deprive or tend to deprive any individual of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect his status as an employee, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.”


This means that under federal law, your employer cannot discriminate you based on your race or color for any of the reasons listed above.

  • In addition, California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) specifically prohibits discrimination on the basis of race. Therefore, the rights afforded under federal law are also given under FEHA.

Contact a Discrimination Attorney in California Now!

At Soho Law, our team has a deep understanding of Title VII and other anti-discrimination laws. We have helped numerous clients resolve issues related to discrimination in the workplace. Whether you are an employee who has suffered discrimination or an employer seeking to ensure your policies are appropriate, we have the knowledge and skills to assist you.

We care for your rights as an employee and hold employers accountable for any form of discrimination. With offices in California and New York, we work tirelessly and fight for your rights as an employee. Call us now at 310-803-9560 or click here to fill our contact form for a FREE CONSULTATION.