Covered under Title VII, race discrimination and harassment can spark employee lawsuits when co-workers engage in joking or horseplay, when managers allow prejudice to enter their supervisory decisions, and even in the case of negative employment acts against white employees, known as reverse discrimination.1. Is racial harassment actionable under Title VII?
Yes. The EEOC defines harassment as verbal or physical contact that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of his/her race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, or disability.2. What are some examples of racially harassing conduct?
Harassing conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following types of behavior:
epithets, slurs, negative stereotyping, or threatening, intimidating, or hostile acts that relate to race;
written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual ...(register to read more)
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