What does segregation look like in the workplace?

On Behalf of | Jan 14, 2021 | Employment Law |

It will likely come as a surprise to many, but segregation still exists in some workplaces. This is surprising because most think that this practice was eliminated with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and time. Even the word itself, segregation, seems like an old term. Unfortunately, though, this is not the case.

Civil Rights Act of 1964

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provides protections for employees. It makes employment discrimination based on race and other protected classes illegal. Essentially, it makes discriminating against an applicant or employee for any term, privilege or condition of employment, like promotions, hiring and firing, compensation, etc. It applies to all governmental entities and to all private employers with at least 15 employees.

Assigning minorities to minorities

Perhaps, the most common form of segregation is assigning minorities to predominately minority establishments or geographic areas. For example, for a security company, only assigning minority employees to minority business or predominately minority neighborhoods.

Physical isolation

Another form of illegal segregation is physical isolation, like isolating minority employees to one area or away from customer contact. For example, an entirely minority cleaning staff being restricted to a back entrance and not allowing customer interaction could be illegal segregation.

Job exclusion

Job exclusion is yet another form of illegal discrimination. This can happen in both the position itself and in the application process, but in both forms, this practice is only hiring minorities for certain positions or coding resumes of minority applicants only for certain positions. This could mean that minorities are only hired as wait staff at a hotel, but never guest services or as a concierge, or only hiring minorities for janitorial duties.

For Littleton, Colorado, residents that have experienced this time of discrimination or other forms of discrimination, the first call should be to an attorney. We have rights, but no one has the right to violate them. Getting justice through the civil justice system is the first step to vindicating one’s rights, but it also can help other people avoid similar treatment.