Is discrimination based on skin color illegal?
Skin color is a protected characteristic, separate from race.
I work at a restaurant chain. I’m African American, and I have dark skin. The restaurant has plenty of African American employees, but it seems like the employees with lighter skin color get all of the jobs that deal with customers, like seating people, waiting tables, and ringing up checks. Employees with darker skin are typically stuck bussing tables, washing dishes, restocking, and doing other work behind the scenes. Is this discrimination, even though the restaurant hires lots of African Americans?