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Colorado workers may wish to combat race discrimination

On Behalf of | Oct 19, 2016 | Workplace Discrimination

Discrimination continues to be a prevalent injustice that many individuals across the country face. Race discrimination is just one type of discrimination that could lead to people being treated in unfair and illegal manners because of their skin colors and/or national origins. Many individuals face significant hardships due to being mistreated in the workplace, and they may want to take legal actions as a result.

Colorado residents may be interested in a case of race discrimination taking place in another state. Reports indicated that 10 individuals who have worked with the fire department claim that African-American workers are often passed over for promotions, not given raises and started at lower salaries than white workers with the same or lesser amount of experience and other qualifications. The workers filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and a lawsuit is in the works. 

The report went on to state that, on average, African-American fire department employees at FDNY earned 77 cents for the same work for which white workers earned a dollar. Workers who have been with the department for decades have issued statements regarding failures to promote them to higher positions despite their qualifications, as well as being paid significantly less than white workers in the same positions. A spokesperson for the FDNY stated that the situation would be addressed as they address any serious complaint.

Dealing with race discrimination can be a harrowing experience. In many cases, individuals are often left feeling as if they are less valued than other employees without any valid reasons. If Colorado residents have been mistreated due to such discrimination, they may have cause to take legal actions of their own, and additional information about their legal options may be useful. 

Source: New York Daily News, “Black FDNY employees plan to file $150M discrimination suit against the department“, Erin Durkin, Oct. 13, 2016