What is National Origin Discrimination?

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What is National Origin Discrimination?

Individuals may face discrimination regarding their country of origin in the workplace. If this has happened to you, it is important that you reach out to an experienced employment law attorney who will work with you to hold your employer accountable. Continue reading to learn more about national original discrimination and the legal action you may be seeking to take.

If you have any further questions regarding this process, do not hesitate to reach out to our knowledgeable firm. We will walk you through the claims filing process and advocate for you each step of the way.

What is national origin discrimination?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission defines national origin discrimination as an employer discriminating against their employees due to any of the following factors:

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

What constitutes national origin discrimination?

There are many ways an employer can discriminate against their employees regarding their national origin. Hiring, firing, laying off, training, or paying certain employees based on their national origin constitutes national origin discrimination. Other actions that qualify as discrimination include harassing employees such as making derogatory comments about their place of origin or otherwise violating the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Do I have a valid claim?

If you believe that you are a victim of national origin discrimination, the first step you should take is to file your claim with the EEOC within 180 days of the incident. If you are a federal employee, you must speak with an Equal Employment Opportunity counselor within 45 days of the incident of discrimination. Failure to report your incident within this time period can drastically impact your case and can result in you becoming permanently time-barred from taking legal action.

To begin this process as soon as possible, reach out to an experienced employment law attorney who will work to support you through the claims filing process. Our firm is prepared to fight for your rights as an employee in Georgia. Reach out to us today if you believe that you are a victim of national origin discrimination. We will advocate for you through each step of the legal process ahead.


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