Human rights experts from the United Nations have criticized the current state of affairs in the United States with regard to racial and workplace discrimination experienced by minorities. In addition to workplace discrimination, the United Nations is also concerned about FBI racial profiling. Another area of concern includes “Stand Your Ground” laws, which allow individuals in Florida and 21 other states to use deadly force against an individual who is perceived as a threat.
July 2 was the 50-year anniversary of when the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law. This important law made racial discrimination illegal throughout the nation, including in Florida. It also made discrimination based upon religious beliefs, sex and national origin illegal. Its primary goal was to end racial segregation in schools, abolish unfair voter registration requirements and stop workplace discrimination. It also aimed to stop the discrimination of customers at hotels, restaurants and stores that catered to the public.
The United States Parcel Service (UPS) employs individuals throughout the United States, and the company is required by law to provide those employees with a workplace that is free of discrimination and harassment. However, in a recent lawsuit, eight plaintiffs claimed that they had been treated poorly by UPS after they reported instances of workplace discrimination against black employees in another state. According to the lawsuit, black employees suffered from more severe infractions as compared to white employees. Although this case was filed in another state, many workers in Florida find themselves dealing with workplace discrimination issues every day.
An African American employee has initiated an employment law case against British Petroleum (BP). The man says the BP subjected him to racial discrimination during the course of his tenure with the energy giant. Allegedly, he was victimized by racial slurs and received decreased pay, benefits and opportunity because of his race. According to his discrimination claims, when he complained about it to his superiors, he was terminated. Although this case was filed out of state, workplace discrimination with regard to race is a common problem in Florida, and many workers endure this kind of abuse every single day on the job.
Racial discrimination in employment is prohibited by federal and state laws. Primarily, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. In a neighbor-state to Florida, a black school teacher has sued the county school board on a claim of racial discrimination that led to her demotion and lack of advancement. It's not specifically reported but presumably the case was filed in a federal district court.
In spite of much advancement over the last several decades, racial discrimination is a problem that persists in Florida workplaces. In a state such as Florida, where people of many different races, religions and backgrounds must work together side by side, problems continue to arise and discrimination cases continue to be filed victims. On a positive note, it appears that victims are less likely to stay quiet and more willing to assert their rights and obtain justice under the law.