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By Louise Herman

Discrimination based on one’s race is unacceptable, and though we’d like to think this sort of behavior has been entirely eradicated from the workplace at this time, unfortunately, it isn’t, and if you believe you’re a victim of race discrimination, you know this fact all too well. That said, you may have legal recourse available. Please continue reading and reach out to a seasoned Providence, Rhode Island race discrimination lawyer from the Herman Law Group to learn more about discrimination in the workplace and whether you may have a claim against your employer. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are some potential examples of race discrimination?

As you may know, there are a variety of ways in which an employer can discriminate against his or her employees. Just some of the most common examples of race-based discrimination in the workplace that we’ve seen are as follows:

  • Hiring certain employees over others because of their race
  • Firing certain employees because of their race
  • Making derogatory comments repeatedly against employees about their race, creating a hostile work environment
  • Promoting, or failing to promote certain employees due to their race
  • Demoting employees because of their race
  • Circulating discriminatory material throughout the workplace

What protections are afforded to employees from race discrimination in the workplace?

Fortunately, employees are protected, both under federal and Rhode Island law, from discriminatory acts in the workplace. Federally, Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act states that employers may not discriminate against employees, or retaliate against employees who report discrimination on the basis of race. Additionally, the Rhode Island Fair Employment Practices Act also makes race-based discrimination illegal in the workplace.

If you believe you were discriminated against due to your race, you should strongly consider reaching out to a seasoned Providence County, Rhode Island employment lawyer who can assess your case, and, from there, determine whether you may have a valid claim. As long as it appears you were, in fact, discriminated against in the workplace, we can bring a claim against your employer to help compensate you for any of the damages you’ve incurred as a result of the discrimination. If you have any additional questions, or you’d like to speak with our firm, please don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call or fill out our online contact information form.


If you need help with an employment law matter in the Providence County, Rhode Island area, you can count on Herman Law Group to represent your best interests. To discuss your matter, please contact our firm today.

About the Author
At Herman Law Group, our focus is on safeguarding the rights and careers of employees and businesses alike. With over 35 years of successful legal practice, Louise A. Herman brings an invaluable dual perspective from representing both employees and employers. This unique insight allows us to effectively achieve successful outcomes for our clients in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and nationwide.