Can you get fired due to race?

My sister got fired by her hispanic boss because the boss felt she was getting special treatment because she was white.

Asked on September 12, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Illinois


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No. It is against federal employment law and also your state's law to fire a person due to his or her race, even if the employer feels the employee was getting "special treatment" due to her race. (IF she was getting special treatment, that special treatment would also have been wrong--but the proper response would have been to take steps to stop the special treatment; firing over race is never allowed.)
Based on what you write, your sister may have a race-based employment discrimination claim. She could contact the federal EEOC or the state equal/civil rights agency to file a complaint.

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