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Workplace discrimination can unnecessarily halt success

Putting their best efforts forward during their working hours is often a goal of many individuals. They may have personal motivation for wanting to produce quality work, such as potentially obtaining promotions or raises. However, this hard work may seem useless if workplace discrimination prevents workers from excelling simply due to unfair practices.

California residents may be interested in a legal case involving employment discrimination currently underway in another state. Reports stated that the lawsuit covers seven plaintiffs with a fire department who believe that the department discriminates against its black employees. It was noted that a year prior to this lawsuit, a complaint was filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

One African-American worker stated that she had seen white individuals get hired to higher positions within the department without proven quality of work while her record of awards, credentials and hard work went overlooked. She also stated that in her 30 years of employment, she has only been evaluated three times and never given a promotion. Black workers have also stated that they have received less pay than that of their white predecessors.

Workplace discrimination can leave individuals feeling various emotions, ranging from disappointed to disgusted. Individuals who work hard and deserve opportunities should be given the chance to excel regardless of race, gender and other factors that do not relate to the jobs themselves. If California residents have faced similar injustices and hope to work toward gaining some form of restitution, they may wish to consider taking legal action of their own.

Source: amny.com, "FDNY discriminates against black employees, passing them over for raises and promotions, lawsuit says", Alison Fox, Dec. 6, 2017

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