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Race-based discrimination suit may be filed in New York

A few deputy attorneys in a nearby state recently accused officials in another state of discriminating against Blacks by not giving them promotions. In addition, these officials reportedly did not represent them among the top attorneys in the state. If an employee experiences race-based discrimination on the job in New York, it is within his or her right to take legal action.

According to the lawsuit that three attorneys filed in May, the criminal and civil divisions of the state attorney general's office discriminated against their African-American workers. The attorneys claimed that they met with some former attorneys general to discuss the reported institutional racism as well as highlight objectives for boosting diversity. However, they asserted that no action had really been taken to alter the culture.

Still, state officials asserted that both racial minorities and women are represented well on the executive leadership team at the attorney general's office. The state also claimed that the leadership team features a new role -- that of a chief diversity officer. However, records indicated that civil rights suits that public workers have filed have increased by three times during the past 15 years.

Promoting a culture of race-based discrimination is illegal in New York and other states, but it can still happen in workplaces both large and small, and in both the private and the public sector. Fortunately, workers who experience this type of treatment may choose to file workplace discrimination claims in an effort to hold their employers accountable. Understanding what facts they have to prove is essential for prevailing in such a case.

Source: nj.com, "3 employees accuse N.J. Attorney General's Office of race discrimination", S.P. Sullivan, May 25, 2017

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