What to Know About National Origin Discrimination in the Workplace

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What to Know About National Origin Discrimination in the Workplace

If you have been discriminated against in the workplace due to your country of origin, you must retain the services of an experienced Atlanta national origin discrimination attorney. Our legal team at Ben Barret Law will work with you to hold your employer accountable. To learn more about national origin discrimination and the legal action you may be able to take after being discriminated against in the workplace, continue reading and contact our firm. Here are some questions you may have:

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 constitutes national origin discrimination?

An employer can discriminate against their employee regarding their national origin in various ways. The following constitutes national origin discrimination:

  • Hiring employees based on their national origin
  • Firing employees based on their national origin
  • Laying off 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)

Do I have a valid claim?

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 report your incident within this timeframe, this can drastically impact your case and result in you being permanently time-barred from taking legal action.

To get started today, give our Atlanta employment discrimination attorney a call today. We will work with you through each step of the claims filing process ahead. Contact our legal team today to learn more about our services and how we can advocate for you. We are looking forward to hearing from you.


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