You feel that you have been a target of racial discrimination on your job. You are not certain if you are protected by law against the behavior you are experiencing on the job or at the hands of your employer, whether manifested in employment decisions, policies, recruitment, hiring, or in the way you are treated.

According to the EEOC, racial discrimination includes discrimination based upon ancestry or physical or cultural characteristics associated with a certain race, such as skin color, hair texture or styles, or certain facial features.

Color discrimination refers to skin pigmentation (lightness or darkness of the skin), complexion, shade, or tone.

The EEOC’s Questions and Answers on Race provides a number of illustrative examples.

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