When Racial or Ethnic Discrimination in the Workplace Affects Your Life, Our Attorneys Protect Your Rights
Advocating for fairness and non-discrimination in the workplace in Nashville, Chattanooga, Memphis, Jackson, and throughout Tennessee
When the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was enacted more than half a century ago, many hailed its Title VII as spelling an end to workplace discrimination based on race, color, and national origin. Unfortunately, racial discrimination still persists in subtle and sometimes dramatic ways among some companies’ employment offices and workers.
Wherever and whenever racial or ethnic discrimination makes its appearance in a workplace, the dedicated employment attorneys at Gilbert McWherter Scott Bobbitt PLC are ready to stand up for its victims. If you have experienced racial or ethnic discrimination or harassment in the workplace, the lawyers at the Gilbert Firm may be able to help. Our Tennessee racial and ethnic discrimination attorneys have proven experience in employment law, and an enviable record of successful case outcomes that has gained them national recognition as one of the nation’s leading employment law firms. Let us be your advocate.
What protection does Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 offer against racial and ethnic discrimination?
Title VII makes it unlawful employment practice to:
- Discriminate against any individual by “refusing to hire them” or discriminate against them with respect to their “compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin;” or to
- “Limit, segregate, or classify employees or applicants by race, color, religion, sex, or national origin” so as to deprive them of employment opportunities or adversely affect their status as employees.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces Title VII and has many of the same powers as the courts to impose penalties and fines for violations. They may also subpoena employment and business records, conduct on-site investigations, and interview employees. A particularly harsh penalty that can be levied against some violators is debarment from bidding on government contracts. The law also establishes a cause of action by which an aggrieved employee can bring suit for damages, either on his or her own behalf or on behalf of an entire class of employees similarly situated.
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The attorneys of the Gilbert Firm are employment law authorities licensed to practice in both federal and state courts. Our firm has built a solid reputation as premier legal advocates for Tennessee clients. If you believe you have been a victim of unlawful employment discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, or of Tennessee’s or other states’ human rights laws, learn more about how we can help.
Please call 888.354.FIRM (3476) to speak with an experienced Tennessee racial and ethnic discrimination lawyer, or fill out our contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. The Gilbert Firm serves Tennessee and its surrounding areas from offices conveniently located in Nashville, Chattanooga, Memphis, and Jackson.