Michigan and federal laws prohibit many kinds of workplace discrimination. These protections come up frequently in lawsuits over racial discrimination against workers, and the victims of this alleged discrimination are usually racial minorities. However, that’s not always the case.
A white employee has filed suit against a Michigan hospital, alleging that he was discriminated against because of his race. The man is an environmental technician at Hurley Medical Center in Flint. He claims that his supervisor made racially derogatory remarks to him because he is white and also threatened him with work discipline and even violence.
The same hospital has been named in several recent lawsuits filed by black nurses who say they were subjected to racial discrimination. As this blog recently reported, the nurses claimed that their supervisors forbid them from treating a white infant after its racist father requested that no African Americans treat his child. Several of those cases have settled, but one is still pending.
Racial discrimination in the workplace is a violation of Michigan and federal laws, and claims of racial workplace discrimination are investigated by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. When employees are fired, denied a promotion, not hired or otherwise subjected to unfair treatment because of their race, age, sex, disability, religion, ethnicity or national origin, the victims can seek file a lawsuit and seek out help from these government organizations.
These cases can be difficult to investigate and it can be hard to prove that racism was a reason for an employer’s action. There are also legal deadlines for making legal claims of discrimination. Those who feel they have been subjected to race discrimination in the workplace should seek help investigating their legal options.