Race Discrimination

Has an improper comments been made because of your race at your workplace? Do you feel like your employer does not have the same confidence in your skills merely because of your race? Have you been a victim of stereotypes? If so, you might have been discriminated because of your national origin. As such, you need attorneys with the passion and expertise to represent you in righting this wrong.

Houston employment lawyers Robert J. Wiley and Kalandra N. Wheeler represent Houston workers who have been discriminated because of their race. They have the experience to make sure that every avenue is pursued and no stone is left unturned. In short, when you have been discriminated because of your national origin you need an attorney that understands your situation and that will fight for you.

Under both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Texas Labor Code discriminating an employee because of their race is illegal, regardless of citizenship status. An employer cannot fire, demote, or affect an employee’s benefits because of their race.

Many times it may be difficult to determine if you have been discriminated because of your race. Common examples that may be indicative that your employer is discriminating you on the basis of race are:
  • The use of derogatory remarks or racist epithets such as using the n-word;
  • Poking fun of a person’s skin color;
  • Usage of stereotypes regarding one’s race;
  • Implementation of an grooming policy that unfairly targets someone’s race; and
  • Only allowing people of certain races in certain positions.
These are only a few examples of what may constitute discrimination because of your race. Other evidence that you have been discriminated because of your race may be harder to detect. Such as an informal “good ol’ boy” system where only people of certain race get promoted or hired. As such, you must be vigilant to make sure that your rights are not violated.

Additionally, often times the may law require an adverse employment action to occur before a claim is actionable. As such, only certain employment actions are usually considered actionable in the context of discrimination on the basis of national origin. Common examples of adverse employment actions are:
  • Failure to be promoted;
  • Failure to be hired;
  • Being suspended;
  • Not given the same benefits as other employees of the other national origins; and
  • Being terminated.
You have worked too hard to be illegally discriminated against just because of your race. Too often are there erroneous stereotypes that just because someone is of a certain race they are not able perform at a certain level or handle certain situation. That they for some reason are not fit for a certain position. The law requires you to not sit idly by and let employers violate your rights. You must act in order to protect your rights. You must act in order to make sure that your employer follows the law.

The only way to defend not only your rights as a hard working employee but those of others is to step forward. We can only do our job if workers step forward and fight unfair employment practices. It can be difficult to step forward and take a stand and that is why you need a team of professionals that will be with you every step of the way.

Take Action


If you feel you have been discriminated against merely because of your race, do not hesitate to contact our law firm. There are many deadlines that may require a quick turnaround. Depending on your case you have may anywhere from 180 days to 300 days to report a violation of the Title VII to the EEOC. If you choose to contact us, you will generally meet with an attorney to discuss your matter. If we believe a violation of the law has occurred and if you decide to hire us, we will sign a representation agreement and enforce your rights.