Here at CBPH we fight to enforce the right to equal treatment for all employees in the workplace, particularly for black employees who have been marginalized in our workforce for far too long.
Congress passed the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, which included Title VII, the cornerstone of enforcement for racial equality in the workplace. Title VII guaranteed all workers equal treatment in the workplace regardless of race. Title VII covers every aspect of employment, including hiring, promotion opportunities, discipline, pay, leave, and termination. We regularly represent black employees across this state who rightfully demand to receive treatment from their employers that is equal to the treatment received by their peers of other races or ethnicities.
Alongside offices like CBPH, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) plays a critical role in ensuring racial justice in the workplace. We bring cases before the EEOC to ensure that racial inequality in the workplace is identified, eliminated, and prevented in the future.
There is little doubt that our state and country has a long road ahead to achieve true racial equality in the workplace. The average black household income in South Carolina is 33% less than the statewide average. And the laws as applied in our justice system present heavy challenges for victims of discrimination.
But here at CBPH we work to challenge inequality and champion the rights of marginalized workers. We work everyday to live out the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words “Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a better person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.”
Progress is inevitably slow and difficult, but our mission is to make it nonetheless.
– Chance Sturup