If you are facing discrimination in your workplace, it is important that you take legal action. No one should face discrimination. This can be especially difficult when it comes to your livelihood, as there is a lot on the line. One of the most common types of discrimination is national origin discrimination. Read on to learn more about national origin discrimination in the Georgia workplace.
What is national origin discrimination?
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, national origin discrimination is defined as an employer discriminating against their employee due to any of the following factors:
- The employee’s accent
- Where the employee was born or raised
- The employee’s appearance (based on believing they are of a certain national origin)
- If the employee is married to or associated with an individual of a national origin
What does national origin discrimination look like?
The most common types of national origin discrimination include:
- Hiring employees based on their national origin
- Firing employees based on their national origin
- Training employees based on their national origin
- Paying certain employees based on their national origin
- Harassing employees
- Making derogatory comments about their place of origin or otherwise violating the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986
What do I do if I am a victim of national origin discrimination?
If you believe you are a victim of national origin discrimination, it is important to report the discrimination. If another employee is discriminating against you, you should report the incident to your employer. If your employer is the one discriminating against you, you should go straight to the HR department. Some companies do not have an HR department. If this is the case, you may need to go to an employment attorney. It is important to be aware of the deadlines when taking legal action. If you are a victim of national origin discrimination, you must file your claim with the EEOC within 180 days of the incident. However, if you are a federal employee, this timeframe changes, and you must speak with an Equal Employment Opportunity counselor within 45 days of the incident of discrimination. If you do not file your claim on time, the statute of limitations will pass and you will be no longer be able to take legal action.
If you are facing discrimination at work, our firm will advocate for you. Contact us today to discuss your case. The sooner you reach out, the sooner we can begin building your case.
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