Since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, millions of people around the world have participated in protests against racism and the way police officers have treated black people in the US and other places.
Many employers have issued statements to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement, but merely issuing statements is not enough. Employers have a legal duty to ensure that employees of all ethnicities are protected against racial discrimination.
Employers Must Reassure Employees
Employers in California and the rest of the country have a responsibility to ensure that no worker is treated differently because of their race, skin color, gender, or religion. Inclusion and diversity should be priorities for all organizations in California.
At this sensitive time, businesses should talk to their employees and reassure them of their commitment to zero tolerance against racial incidents. HR professionals should review their hiring, promotion and other policies and strengthen them where required to eliminate any elements of inequality and injustice against the minorities.
Employees are Watching
Employees are now closely watching how their employers are reacting to the BLM movement and the recent events that have shaken America. It’s vital for employers not just to be “not racist” but also to take proactive policy measures, training programs, and other HR actions to ensure that all employees are protected against racial slurs, innuendo, and discriminatory behavior.
Employers need to vehemently take action against any type of racist incidents at the workplace. A recent Instagram poll carried out by a network group called Black & HR revealed that 77 percent of the workers believe that their employers had not addressed what had been happening in the black community.
We are Prepared to Fight for Your Rights
As employment attorneys in California, we are on the side of the workers, and we continue to be vigilant in a society and a judicial system that often tends to ignore the realities on the ground and the racial divide that still affects many workplaces in the country.
We work hard to ensure our clients receive justice, their rights are not denied, and their voices get effectively heard by a sympathetic jury. We are committed to not allowing desensitized or complacent employers get away with workplace discrimination.
Speak to a Knowledgeable California Workplace Harassment Attorney
If you have been a victim of racial discrimination or workplace harassment in California, get ready to speak up and fight for your legal rights. Makarem & Associates has some of the most competent employment law attorneys in California who will provide you the best advice and support so that you can obtain your rightful compensation. Call us at310-312-0299 or email at [email protected].