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Race Vs. Color Discrimination: What’s the Difference?

Although they have many similarities, there is a difference between race and color discrimination. Find out what separates the two forms of discrimination and decide whether you should consult an L.A. Discrimination Lawyer with this helpful tutorial.

Race vs Color Discrimination

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Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, it is illegal to discriminate against any person because of his or her race. Racial discrimination can be based upon a number of factors. In some cases, a person’s ancestry can be used as a basis for discriminatory practices. In this situation, race and national origin are often confused. If an employee is treated differently because of physical characteristics that are associated with a specific race, such as skin color, hair, or height, this can also be considered racial discrimination. Sometimes, racial discrimination isn’t as obvious. For example, when employers provide health care, they are not able to selectively cover illnesses that are typically associated with a particular race. Race discrimination can also occur as the result of preconceived notions of how a particular racial group behaves, cultural stereotypes, or racial associations.

Color discrimination occurs when an employee is discriminated against based upon his or her skin color. While there is an obvious overlap between color and racial discrimination, there is a fine line between the two. In the case of color discrimination, an employee may be discriminated against because of different skin tones within a racial group or between individuals of different ethnic groups.

Both racial and color discrimination can have serious adverse consequences. If you think that you may be the victim of racial or color discrimination and are in need of an L.A. Discrimination Lawyer, contact Jackson & Associates for more information about your legal rights.

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