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Racial discrimination that restricts an individuals ability to "make and enforce contracts" was first made illegal by the Civil Rights Act of 1866. A hundred years later, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 expanded those rights to employment, education, and "public accommodations" like restaurants and hotels. Even though racial discrimination is illegal, it is still up to every day people to enforce the law with civil suits. Don't let them get away with it. 

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What is Racial Discrimination?

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC): 

  • Race discrimination occurs when an employee (or applicant) is treated worse because of their race. 

  • It is also illegal to treat someone differently because of their relationships with people of another race. 

  • It is illegal owners and supervisors to discriminate based on race. It can also be illegal for co-workers and customers to discriminate if the employer doesn't take reasonable steps to prevent it. 

Discrimination includes: 

  • firing a worker because of race;

  • refusing to hire someone because of race;

  • offensive racial "jokes"

  • failing to promote because of race


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How do I know if I need a lawyer?

You should call RMN Law if you have any inclination that you are being discriminated against because of your race. We can provide you with a free consultation so that you know your rights. We can let you know if you have a claim, and what to do next. If you have been recently fired, think you may be fired soon, or are being harassed, our experience can help you through this terrible experience. Call RMN today, our lawyers can help. 

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How can I afford a lawyer?

We know that hiring a lawyer shortly after you have lost your job may seem financially impossible. The good news is that RMN offers contingency billing so you can pursue justice under the least amount of financial hardship. In contingency billing, we pay all the upfront costs in exchange for a portion of the money we secure for you. If there is no recovery, you pay nothing. It is just another way that we are ATTORNEYS WHO ARE ON YOUR TEAM TM

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Are there important deadlines?

Yes, there are extremely important deadlines you must make or your claim could be lost. The EEOC, PHRC, and Courts all have Statutes of Limitations (SOL) that limit the amount of time you have to bring your claim. In some cases, those deadlines can be as soon as 30 days after the illegal act, though in most situations the SOL is between 6 months and 2 years. Only an experienced attorney can tell you what the SOL on your case is. Don't wait to call, or it may be too late. 

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How much is my case worth?

There is no simple equation that we can use predict how much your case may be worth. You should not trust an attorney who claims to have one. Every case is unique, and the value of any case can only be determined by actually litigating it in court. Our lawyers can assess your situation and give you potential ranges after in depth investigation, but no one lawyer can tell you what our case is worth until it has been settled or tried.  



Should I complain to human resources?

Yes, you should make a complaint to your company's HR department if you experience racial harassment from a superior or a co-worker. If your company doesn't have an HR department, you should go to a superior, or an owner. In either case, call RMN right away.

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

  • The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA)

  • 42 U.S.C. § 1981

  • Pittsburgh Anti-Discrimination Ordinance 

  • Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance

  • United States District Court

    • Western District of Pennsylvania

    • Eastern District of Pennsylvania

    • Middle District of Pennsylvania

  • Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas

    • All counties in Pennsylvania, including Allegheny and Philadelphia

  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals

  • Pennsylvania Superior Court

  • Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court

  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

  • The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC)

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