Is this legal if I have been told several times from upper management that I can’t be promoted because I am not a minority or a female?

Asked on March 10, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, South Carolina

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

From what you write, this is illegal. The law prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sex/gender or race. That does not mean that only minorities and women are protected; it also means that employers may not discriminate in favor of women and minorities against men and non-minorities (presumably, caucasions). You may have a claim for illegal workplace discrimination; you should consult with an employment law attorney to evaluate whether you do and what it might be worth. Good luck.


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