Race Discrimination

Federal and Colorado law prohibits race discrimination in employment.

Murray Law welcomes the opportunity to provide experienced counsel and representation to persons facing racial prejudice.

We represent individuals asserting race discrimination claims in federal and state court lawsuits, filing discrimination charges with federal, state, and local government agencies, and arbitration and mediation proceedings.

Steven Murray has successfully represented employees asserting race discrimination claims in actions before multiple United States District Courts, including the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, and mediation proceedings.

Race Discrimination Law

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a federal law, and the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act [CADA] prohibit race discrimination.

Title VII applies to employers with 15 or more employees, labor organizations, and employment agencies. The Colorado Act applies to employers with one or more employees.

Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866, a federal law, prohibits race discrimination in employment.

A Section 1981 claim has advantages over claims under Title VII or CADA. Section 1981, unlike Title VII and CADA, allows a person to file a lawsuit:

  • (1) Against an individual, not just an employer.
  • (2) Against an employer with any number of employees.
  • (3) Without filing an administrative charge with the EEOC or state government agency.
  • (4) Without the case governed by any “cap” or maximum amount of compensatory or punitive damages awarded.

Discrimination by Customers & Workforce

Customer preference is never a justification for race discrimination in employment.

The law prohibits employers from basing employment actions on the bias and prejudice of co-workers, customers, clients, or patients.

Stereotypes & Association

The law prohibits adverse employment actions taken because of race, including denying a person employment opportunities based on:

  • Racial stereotypes.
  • A person’s marriage to a member of a specific race.
  • A person’s associations and relationships with other persons or groups, i.e., a church associated with a particular race.

Discriminatory Actions

Race discrimination includes adverse employment actions taken because of a person’s race, including actions concerning:

  • Failure or Refusal to Hire.
  • Discharge.
  • Discipline.
  • Performance.
  • Compensation, wages, or benefits.
  • Promotion, demotion, or job assignments.
  • Any limitation, segregation, or classification of employees or applicants, which in any way deprive or tend to deprive any individual of opportunities because of the person’s race.

Harassment/Hostile Work Environment

Racial harassment is race discrimination.

Racial harassment includes a hostile work environment based on race – where the conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of employment and create an abusive working environment.


Murray Law welcomes the opportunity to provide dedicated legal counsel and representation to any person facing racial discrimination. Please contact Steven Murray at 720-600-6642.

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