Racial discrimination is when someone is treated differently because of race, color, or ethnicity. It is unlawful in California for an employer to discriminate against anyone because of their race or color in any aspect of employment.
It is racial discrimination when an employer refuses to hire someone on the base of race or doesn’t select a person for a training program. It can also be to discriminate against someone in terms of compensation, conditions, or privileges of employment.
An employee is well within their rights to sue an employer for workplace harassment if they are being harassed based on race or color by co-workers, a supervisor or anyone else. If the employer knew about this and failed to take reasonable steps to stop the harassment, they can be held liable.
The employee can also argue that a hostile work environment has been created. For this, unwelcome comments or conduct must be present, the harassment must be based on national origin or ethnicity, and it must be pervasive enough to change the employment situation for the victim. The abuse must be frequent and abusive.