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Racial discrimination is an ongoing challenge across the United States, and Arizona is no stranger to this issue. If you believe racial bias is impacting your work environment, it is essential to understand racial discrimination laws in Arizona and your legal rights. This article will walk you through Arizona’s laws against racial discrimination in workplace settings, shedding light on how and when they apply and other critical details needed to determine whether you should take action.

What Are Race Discrimination Laws?

Workplace race discrimination laws ensure that all employers treat their employees fairly and equitably, regardless of race. These laws prohibit employers from making race-based employment decisions, including hiring, firing, promotions, compensation, and other employment conditions. They aim to eliminate biases and prejudices affecting an individual’s career progression and work environment. Additionally, these laws protect employees from harassment and create a legal framework that supports diversity and workplace inclusion. They empower employees to report discriminatory practices and seek legal recourse if they experience race-based discrimination at work

What Are the Workplace Racial Discrimination Laws in Arizona?

Arizona has specific laws enforcing racial discrimination in the workplace. These laws ensure equal treatment for all individuals, regardless of race. Moreover, they aim to establish a just and equitable work environment that safeguards employees from race-based discriminatory practices. The following are three pivotal laws that protect against racial discrimination in Arizona workplaces.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a federal law and the cornerstone of anti-discrimination legislation in the United States. Title VII prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from discriminating based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The law applies to all aspects of employment, including hiring, firing, promotion, compensation, and other employment terms and conditions.

Arizona Civil Rights Act (ACRA)

The Arizona Civil Rights Act (ACRA) Section 41-1463 is a state law that mirrors Title VII. It prohibits employers from discriminating against employees or job applicants based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Like Title VII, the ACRA applies to all employment functions, including hiring, firing, promotion, compensation, and other terms and conditions.

Arizona Employment Protection Act (AEPA)

The Arizona Employment Protection Act (AEPA) is a key state law that provides additional protections against wrongful termination. While the AEPA covers wrongful termination broadly, it also offers protections for specific classes, including employees discriminated against based on race, gender, religion, and other protected characteristics. Overall, the AEPA complements federal anti-discrimination statutes, making it ever more difficult for Arizona employers to fire employees for reasons that violate public policy, including racial discrimination. It protects Arizona employees against wrongful termination for discriminatory reasons and ensures a fairer workplace environment.

Which Agencies Enforce Laws Against Racial Discrimination in the Workplace?

Both state and federal agencies enforce Arizona’s racial discrimination laws. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a federal agency, and the Arizona Civil Rights Division (ACRD) play pivotal roles in this enforcement. If you believe your employer engaged in or allowed discriminatory practices against you, you can file a complaint with either of these agencies. They will investigate your claim and, if they find merit, may attempt to resolve it through mediation or take further legal action. 

It is also important to note that filing your complaint within the required statutory period—typically 180 days from the date of the discriminatory act—is essential. This statutory deadline is one of many reasons to consult with a racial discrimination employment lawyer before contacting either agency. An experienced employment law attorney can review your case, help you present a strong claim, and ensure you meet all filing cutoffs.

Shields Petitti & Zoldan, PLC Defends Against Workplace Racial Discrimination

Workplace racial discrimination is never okay. Fortunately, Shields Petitti & Zoldan, PLC, is here to help you fight its insidious emotional and financial consequences. Recognized as Phoenix’s top plaintiff employment law firm with over fifty years of combined legal expertise, we pride ourselves on our ethical practices and steadfast client commitment.We are renowned for our integrity and exceptional client advocacy. However, clients also come to us for our extensive trial experience, which equips us to tackle complex legal challenges head-on. Our impressive track record, including nearly $25,000,000 in recovered settlements, speaks to this while mutually demonstrating our dedication to securing favorable outcomes. If you are facing workplace racial discrimination, schedule a consultation with us today and take the first step toward achieving justice.

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Attorney Michael Zoldan provides legal counsel to individuals and small businesses throughout Arizona. Mr. Zoldan’s practice is based on aggressive and detail-oriented representation, focusing on employment discrimination, wage and hour disputes, harassment, and wrongful termination. Prior to forming Shields Petitti & Zoldan, Mr. Zoldan worked for numerous law firms where he had an opportunity to hone his litigation skills by working on multiple litigation cases at a time with some of the most skilled litigators in the state.

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