Monthly Archives: July 2016

US Neighborhoods Still Divided, Contributes to Racial Inequality

While legal segregation in the United States ended decades ago, many American cities, such as Kansas City, Missouri, St. Louis, and Chicago are still divided. It can be hard to alleviate racial tensions and prevent racial discrimination in major cities where segregation is very much apparent. New census data has shown black-white segregation is slightly declining in large cities, but remains high. Some cities instituted discriminatory practices in the 1930s that prevented many blacks from accessing property in certain areas. Decades have passed since minorities were routinely denied mortgages based on strict home loan guidelines, but integration rates remain low. The practice was known as ‘redlining’ and unfortunately, racial prejudice and housing and loan discrimination still exist. Attorneys against discrimination may be able to help if your civil rights have been violated. In employment, race discrimination involves treating an applicant or employee unfavorably because of their race or because of personal characteristics associated with that race. Workers experiencing harassment and/or discrimination from their employer can contact a labor lawyer or law firm in their area to better understand their rights and protections.


Source: By Rajini Vaidyanathan; From BBC News


Poll on Racial Discrimination

Following a week of tragic shootings and political uproar, many individuals may feel conflicted. The article below describes the results of surveys that were taken to obtain feedback on topics such as the Black Lives Matter movement, policing, voting, racial issues and race discrimination. The results of these polls provide some insight on how registered voters feel about the seriousness of discrimination against blacks, approval or disapproval of the Black Lives Matter Movement, whether use of deadly police force is affected by race, and confidence in leaders to make the right decisions when it comes to race relations in the U.S. Numerous political figures have spoken about race relations, racial discrimination in America, unity, and how to prevent future discrimination. Race relations continue to be at the forefront of national attention and will be a major factor in the upcoming 2016 general election. It is important to note that discrimination can and does affect individuals of all races in numerous settings, such as employment. Workers’ rights matter and labor lawyers hold employers accountable. Employees experiencing harassment or racism and discrimination on the job want to know their rights and should consider contacting an attorney or employment law firm in their area for help.


Source: By Hannah Hartig, John Lapinski, and Stephanie Psyllos; From NBC News

Consumers Face Discrimination Too

Airbnb is an online rental service that enables people to list, find, and rent vacation homes. Recently, this online room-sharing company has faced claims of race discrimination. Several Airbnb users have shared stories on social media about discrimination when attempting to book a room. Harvard University researchers found it was more difficult for guests with African-American-sounding names to rent a room successfully through the site. A class-action discrimination lawsuit is testing Airbnb’s clause that requires its customers to agree to waive their right to sue or join in any class-action lawsuit. Brian Chesky, chief executive of Airbnb, promised to eliminate prejudice from his business by revisiting the design of the site and what changes can be made to make it a more inclusive platform. The article below includes statements from civil rights lawyers and other individuals passionate about civil justice issues and anti-discrimination policies. Class-action lawsuits press companies on their discrimination policies and can potentially prevent future discrimination. An associate professor of law at the University of Missouri, Kansas City raised the concern that while Airbnb says it does not condone racism and has an anti-discrimination policy, are they being held accountable and following anti-discrimination laws? While employment law focuses on the rights of employees in the workplace facing issues such as racial discrimination and harassment at work, similar issues happen outside of the workplace too. If you are a worker dealing with mistreatment, such as harassment from your employer, contacting an attorney, an employment law firm, or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) may help you better understand your rights.


Source: By Katie Benner; From The New York Times