Both state and federal laws have been established to protect workers from
employer discrimination, at least in theory. However, in practice, employers
can use seemingly legal methods to weed out employees on the basis of
their racial or ethnic backgrounds. If it happens to you, it may constitute
grounds for a discrimination lawsuit.
In one recent example from November,
six Amazon delivery truck drivers filed suit against their former employer in Suffolk Superior Court. Although
these workers do not currently allege any on-site workplace discrimination,
they argue that they were fired as a direct result of changes to Amazon’s
background check policy.
The new policy, which went into effect in late 2016, resulted in the mass
firing of more than 40 Boston delivery drivers. Most of these drivers
were black and Latino, and
civil rights advocates and attorneys noted that policies like these frequently reflect existing
racial bias in the criminal justice system.
Standing Up to Employer Discrimination
The plaintiff’s lawyers argue that by creating a “zero tolerance”
policy even for very minor past offenses, Amazon reinforced decades-long
discrimination against drivers of color, and should be held accountable
for terminating their employees. While it remains to be seen if the court
agrees with them, it should come as little surprise that employer tactics
such as background check policies and pay investigations can often further
the problem of discrimination.
If you suspect that
racial discrimination contributed to your termination, there’s little time to lose. Our
skilled Hartford employment law attorney at Zayas Law Firm can investigate
the details of your case and provide the aggressive advocacy you need.
You could have a legitimate claim to back pay, damages, or other forms
of compensation in the wake of your wrongful termination. With 35 years
of experience and Spanish-speaking services provided 24/7, our team can
represent you when you’ve suffered a loss after discrimination.
Contact us at 888-486-3037 for more information! We won’t charge
any fees until we can win your case.