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African-American worker may face discrimination in New York

An African-American worker in another state recently claimed he was discriminated against on the basis of his race. He therefore filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the company, although the company denies the allegation. When workers in New York are mistreated because of the color of their skin, it is within their rights to take legal action.

In the out-of-state case, the African-American worker started working at a company called Laboratory Corporation of America, or LabCorp, as a senior technologist. However, his White supervisors and managers allegedly discriminated against the man. In addition, the company reportedly passed the man over for a wage increase as a form of retaliation for his complaining to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission about the discrimination he was allegedly facing.

The situation began when the plaintiff's manager issued him a reprimand in writing for insubordination due to his alleged refusal to create new controls for a particular test and for his reportedly harassing a fellow worker. The man claimed that he had actually already completed the work, and the note he wrote for another worker was actually a positive note, not a harassing one. The company in its recent answer to the suit asserted that the decisions made about raises or reprimands for the man were justified, and this was regardless of whether racial discrimination was a factor.

When companies in New York treat a worker unfairly because of his race, they are committing an illegal action. Unfortunately, companies continue to violate federal and state discrimination laws. In these situations, the victim has the right to file a lawsuit, with remedies in a successfully fought suit possibly including the reinstatement of a job or back pay depending on the case.

Source: thetimesnews.com, "LabCorp denies discrimination in response to lawsuit", Isaac Groves, June 26, 2017

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