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Race discrimination remains a problem, poll shows

Many individuals feel that America has made huge strides in combating race discrimination. Meanwhile, some people in Texas and other areas of the country feel that race discrimination remains a huge problem. New research echoes the latter opinion, showing that a large number of people view race relations as requiring major improvement throughout the country.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 made it unlawful to discriminate based on national origin, sex, religion, color or race. This applied to public buildings, schools and workplaces. However, some individuals say that race continues to be the foremost area of concern.

Many minorities feel that whites and blacks are not treated equally in today's society, and they fear this will never change. Based on a recent poll, while more than half of blacks and just under half of Hispanics feel that new civil rights laws are required to decrease discrimination, only 17 percent of whites feel the same way. In addition, it's worth noting that some people believe that racial problems have actually ceased between whites and blacks but that racial discrimination remains an issue for other minorities, such as Hispanics.

Employers, in particular, may treat certain groups of employees different from others on the basis of race. Because this is illegal in Texas, the person who has been mistreated reserves the right to file a workplace discrimination claim against the offending company. The plaintiff may be awarded compensation for emotional harm or even the coverage of out-of-pocket expenses related to a successfully completed race discrimination claim in our state.

Source: The Arkansas Traveler, "Gallup Polls Reveal That Americans Think Race Relations Need Improvement", Molli Slavin, April 14, 2014

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