I have been working in a restaurant for 3 years as a bus boy. I have the experience to be a waiter. I am African American. My manager keeps calling me "boy." He seems to think that it is okay to refer to me as "boy," when none of the other white people get names like this. I think he is not promoting me because I am African American. Is this legal?
By Deskin Law Firm
A decisionmaker's remarks about race, age, or gender may be an indicator of his discrimination against you. Whether the remarks indicate a bias to promoting you depends on the decisionmaker's meaning of the term "boy." It may depend on factors like the context, inflection, tone of voice, local custom and historical usage.
To figure out if your discrimination situation is illegal you must determine:
1. If you are an employee protected from discrimination under the law.
3. If your employer's conduct is considered discriminatory under the law.