Monthly Archives: February 2016

‘Shopping While Black’: Consumer Discrimination

Consumer racial profiling is discriminatory, but continues despite laws prohibiting it. Unfortunately, this type of discrimination happens every day. The article below details shoppers’ experiences in Canadian retail stores: three shoppers of different racial background documented how they were treated in chain stores in five different cities. Excessive attention from store employees or being followed by security personnel may be indicative of profiling. One of the security workers acknowledged his employer expected him to participate in racial profiling, but feared retaliation if he reported it. Racial profiling is discrimination, even if it is sometimes difficult to prove. If you feel you have been mistreated, harassed, or discriminated against on the basis of your race or color, whether inside or outside of the workplace, consider contacting a lawyer or law firm to better understand your rights. Individuals who experience or witness and report harassment and discrimination in the workplace have protections; employment attorneys may be able to help.

Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/marketplace-racial-profiling-retail-stores-1.3460747

Source: By Lindsay Sample; From CBC News

 

Race Discrimination Affects Consumers and Businesses

Toyota Motor Credit Corporation agreed to pay nearly $22 million to numerous minority Toyota customers. The company had been under investigation for adding more interest to auto loans for black and Asian car buyers; racial discrimination is a serious problem for customers. It was found individual dealerships were in fact marking up interest rates for minorities; this discriminatory system cost minority customers $100 to $200 more in interest rates that a white borrower with similar credit. Individuals, such as customers, workers, students or patients, face discrimination in a variety of settings and may choose to seek help from a lawyer. When an employee suffers discrimination and/or harassment from their employer, contacting a law firm to speak with an attorney about their case can help them better understand their rights. The article below is an important reminder that consumer discrimination and employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin or disability are illegal.

Link: http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/02/toyota-car-loans-restitution/459678/

Source: By J. Weston Phippen; From The Atlantic