Is it legal to only hire your race if you have a franchise restaurant?

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Is it legal to only hire your race if you have a franchise restaurant?

I work at a downtown restaurant; it is a franchise. I am Afro-American. There are about 15 people that work with me that are all Spanish. All American people have somehow been let go except me and been replaced with Latinos. Is this legal?

Asked on January 11, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, District of Columbia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

No, it is not legal. Racial discrimination in employment is illegal under federal (or national) law; in addition, many states make it illegal as well. Hiring or firing people on the basis of race therefore can result in a legal claim or cause of action. If any negative employment action is taken against you (e.g. you are fired), you should meet with an employment law attorney to discuss the situation and your options.


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