Regardless of your race, you deserve the same rights and privileges as anyone else within your company. Recognizing that your employer treats you differently can cause alarm and confusion.
Taking immediate action against racial discrimination can help you minimize its consequences. Allowing negative behaviors to persist could threaten your safety and jeopardize your career.
Personal opinions with racist undertones can prevent you from reaching your full potential. Experiencing racial discrimination in the workplace may interfere with your productivity, disrupt your morale and stall your career. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it is against the law for people to harass you because of your race or the color of your skin.
Your employer or those you work with may feel as though you do not have the same abilities or potential as others. They may confine you to specific roles or keep you from participating in certain team activities. You may not have the same access to employee development tools. Each of these actions can have a detrimental impact on your career growth.
Being less productive than your peers might reflect in your performance reviews. Dealing with the emotional trauma of mistreatment may distract you from your work and leave you unable to focus. As a result, you could face unfair punishment that may further affect your self-esteem and your reputation. If you have received threats, you may constantly feel on defense and worried about your safety and well-being.
Preventing the severe consequences of racial discrimination from negatively impacting your life requires your immediate action. Collaborating with your employer, you can hopefully reach a solution. However, if they continuously fail to respond or do not take you seriously, you may need to take your concerns elsewhere.