An employer may not take into account the race or color of an employee in making an employment decision regarding that employee.
There are a number of federal and state laws that protect employees from racial discrimination (e.g. – Title VII, 42 U.S.C. Section 1981, the Illinois Human Rights Act).
Notwithstanding such laws, there are employers who believe they are all-powerful and who believe they can do whatever they want. An employer believing they are all-powerful is one thing, but when they act on that belief and treat employees differently based on the races of the employees then the anti-discrimination laws come into play to protect employees from such abuses.
The anti-discrimination laws provide various remedies for employees to rectify an employer’s violation of the employee’s rights, with such remedies potentially including backpay, frontpay, reinstatement of employment/ employment position, damages for emotional distress, punitive damages, and reasonable attorney fees.
Do you believe that your race was taken into account in your employer’s decision to terminate your employment? Were you replaced by an employee who is a different race than you, and has there been a racial pattern of disparate treatment by the employer? Have you been subjected to racial slurs and/or a racially hostile work environment? Do you want to have a sound strategy/ advice on how to complain about racial discrimination/ racial harassment towards attempting to end such abuses and attempting to protect your employment?
If you believe that you may have been subjected to discrimination/ harassment due to your race, or if you are concerned that you may in the future be subjected to racial discrimination/ harassment, then call me to briefly discuss if it makes sense for you to come in for an appointment to my Chicago loop office to further discuss your employment situation.