Your wife is correct on this one. This appears to be blatant discrimination
and is illegal, by federal law and by state law. Under Federal Law, the EEOC
(Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission):Race discrimination involves treating someone (an applicant or employee) unfavorably because he/she is of a certain race or because of personal characteristics associated with race (such as hair texture, skin color, or certain facial features). Color discrimination involves treating someone unfavorably because of skin color complexion.The Federal law forbids discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions
, training, fringe benefits
, and any other term or condition of employment. NY State law is similar, so you are protected by federal and by state law. NY State law says:Race discrimination happens when an employer makes employment decisions based on your race instead of your skills or how well you do your job. Race discrimination also happens when your employer has everyday policies that are not related to job qualifications but usually end up leaving out racial minorities. Some of these can include:You are scheduled for a promotion and your boss decides to hire or promote a less-qualified person of another race;You are getting great performance reviews, but you are being paid less than other similarly qualified Caucasian employees who have been there just as long;Changes in job unrelated to performance such as a demotion or changing to another job of lesser status, etc.I would strongly suggest that you see an employment or labor
lawyer in your area. This treatment is unacceptable and you shouldn't put up with it. When you make an appointment to see an employment lawyer, ask for a free consultation before you go there.If you would like, I can send you a list of employment lawyers in your area. I cannot recommend any specific attorneys to you but I can send you a list and explain what to look for on the list. This way, you'll know not to pick an attorney who has a red mark of misconduct next to his or her name. If you are interested, please let me know what borough you want a lawyer in. This is at no extra charge to you. I do this for people who ask me questions so that I can point people in the right direction.