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Race discrimination

Why our law firm fights against race discrimination and who we protect

Race discrimination remains prevalent in all sorts of settings — including at work, in the landlord and tenant relationship, in public establishments, and by police who engage in racial profiling, police misconduct and race discrimination.

Our law firm protects individuals from race discrimination and racial harassment in all of these settings. No one deserves to be treated differently because of the color of their skin.

California race discrimination laws

California’s Fair Employment and Housing (“FEHA”) prohibits discrimination based on a person’s race, color,  national origin or ancestry. Race is considered a different category than color. As a result, the color of someone’s skin can form the basis of a discrimination claim.

Under FEHA, “race” includes “traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture” and “such hairstyles as braids, locks, and twists.” [Gov.C. § 12926(w), (x); but see EEOC v. Catastrophe Mgmt. Solutions (11th Cir. 2016) 852 F3d 1018, 1031-1032.

A spouse or someone associated with the person who is a member of a protected class can bring a race discrimination claim. [Watson v. Nationwide Ins. Co. (9th Cir. 1987) 823 F2d 360, 361-362—Title VII action may lie where employer’s treatment of employee might have been motivated by her interracial marriage; Holcomb v. Iona College (2nd Cir. 2008) 521 F3d 130, 138—white employee allegedly terminated because of marriage to African-American woman suffered discrimination because of employee’s own raceBarrett v. Whirlpool Corp. (6th Cir. 2009) 556 F3d 502, 513—white employee advocated on behalf of African-American employee]

Another form of race discrimination can be found in equal pay violations, where individuals who perform substantially similar work are paid less than colleagues of a different race.

How Browne Employment Lawyers’s race discrimination lawyers can help

If you have been discriminated against because of your race, color, national origin or ancestry, Browne Employment Lawyers is available for free consultations to investigate and determine whether we can offer to represent you. To begin this process, please contact us by calling 800-421-2594 or emailing

While not required for an initial consultation, it is helpful to prepare in advance:

The specific facts and any records about the incident(s), including the name and contact information of the person or entity you believe harmed you (if known);

The names and contact information of any witnesses (if known); and

Copies of any documents or other evidence related to your situation.

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