Discrimination in the Workplace Due to National Origin | What You Need to Know

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Discrimination in the Workplace Due to National Origin | What You Need to Know

There is nothing more disrespectful than discriminating against someone due to their national origin. Unfortunately, this happens more than we’d like to admit, even today’s day and age, and if it has happened to you, you should strongly consider reaching out to our experienced Georgia employee rights attorney today. Here are some of the questions you may have about national origin discrimination and the legal process ahead:

What classifies as national origin discrimination?

Essentially, national origin discrimination, as defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, is when an employer treats his or her applicants or employees unfavorably due to any of the following reasons:

  • They were born in or raised in a certain part of the world
  • They have a certain ethnicity or accent
  • They appear to be of a certain ethnic background, even if they are not truly of that ethnic background
  • They are either married to or associated with someone who is of a certain national origin

What actions qualify as discrimination due to national origin?

There are various actions that qualify as discrimination in the workplace, some of which are as follows:

  • Hiring, firing, training, laying off or paying certain employees based on their national origin
  • Harassing employees, such as making derogatory comments about their place of origin
  • Otherwise violating the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986

How do I file a claim regarding national origin discrimination in the workplace?

If you are someone who has been a victim of national origin discrimination in the workplace, and that discrimination clearly violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964, you can absolutely file a claim with the EEOC. That being said, you must ensure that you do so promptly, as you will only be granted 180 days from the date of the incident to file your claim.  Furthermore, if you are a federal employee, you must ensure you file your claim even sooner, as you are required, under federal law, to speak with an Equal Employment Opportunity counselor about the incident within 45 days of it occurring. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to speak with our knowledgeable Georgia employee rights attorney today to learn more about how our firm can help you through every step of the process ahead.

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