unfair treatment because of race.

I been working at my job for 2 years. I do production. I was told from day one that I was not allowed to wear perfume or lotion at the job, so the products do not get contaminated. I never had any problems until recently a new worker started. This worker is a white male, and he has some mental issues. I am hispanic, and the other workers he complains about is hispanic. He says we smell, and i talked to my supervisor about it, and he makes jokes, or ignores what i say. My supervisor also made a comment to me saying that i got mad at another co-worker because i am hispanic and from New york. I asked to have a staff meeting, and my supervisor ignored me. When something goes wrong, whether its my fault or the other hispanic co-workers or not they accuse us always, and the other workers are not warned. recently they told us that if we do not get unscented products to wear that we will get written up, and eventually terminated. However, i never had any problems before, until this co-worker complained. Bottom line, my supervisor, and his assistant is always making comments to me and the other hispanic coworkers. When we have a problem they never listen, or try to help us resolve them, but do with other co-worker, who happen to be white. When i ask for certain priviliges they say no, but allow the white co-workers to do it. my supervisor always takes the word of the other coworkers, that are white, over me, or the other hispanic co workers.

1 answer  |  asked Dec 14, 2004 7:40 PM [EST]  |  applies to Pennsylvania

Answers (1)

Christopher Ezold
You appear to have a claim for employment discrimination.

Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania or Federal law apply, unless otherwise specified.

That being said, you appear to have a claim of employment discrimination. You have described what appears to be differential treatment: you are being treated differently than your white co-workers because of your race. The differential treatment you describe is illegal under Pennsylvania law and Federal law.

You may not bring your claims directly to court, however. First, you must bring them before an administrative agency. You have 180 days to bring your Pennsylvania claims before the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission ("PHRC"), and 300 days to bring your Federal claims before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC").

You do not need an attorney to bring your claims before the PHRC or the EEOC, but I highly recommended that you retain an attorney before filing.

If you would like to discuss this matter further, please feel free to contact me at the below address(es) or number.

/Christopher E. Ezold/
Nancy O'Mara Ezold, P.C.
401 City Line Avenue,
Suite 904
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
(610) 660-5585

posted by Christopher Ezold  |  Dec 15, 2004 08:13 AM [EST]

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