National Origin Discrimination | What You Need to Know

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National Origin Discrimination | What You Need to Know

When applying for a job, many applications ask about your background, including your country of origin. Unfortunately, some individuals face discrimination as a result. Many individuals face discrimination in the workplace- if this is happening to you, it is important to reach out to an experienced employment law attorney as soon as possible. Read on to learn more about national origin discrimination and what to do if you believe you are a victim.

What is National Origin Discrimination?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission defines it as when an employer discriminates against his or her applicants or employees due to:

  • Where they were born or raised
  • They are married to or associated with an individual of a national origin
  • Their accent
  • Their appearance (e.g. insulting someone based on believing they are of a certain national origin)

What Constitutes National Origin Discrimination?

There are various actions that qualify as discrimination in the workplace, including:

  • 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

Can I File a Claim if I Believe I am a Victim of National Origin Discrimination in the Workplace?

If you have been a victim of national origin discrimination in the workplace, you will have to file your claim with the EEOC. It is important that you do not wait, as you are legally obligated to report the incident(s) within 180 days from the date of their occurrences. It is important to note that if you are a federal employee, you will have even less time to file your claim. If you are a federal employee, you must speak with an Equal Employment Opportunity counselor within 45 days of the incident(s). Failing to report the incident on time can drastically affect your case. Reach out to an experienced attorney right away to avoid missing any important deadlines.

If you believe you have been the victim of national origin discrimination in the workplace, reach out to our firm today. We are here to advocate for you.


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