National origin discrimination involves treating employees or applicants in an unfavorable manner because of their association with a certain nationality, ethnicity, race or background. National origin discrimination arises when you are treated unfairly by an employer based on the reasons mentioned above. Employers sometimes make hiring, promotion and compensation decisions based on national origin which makes the decisions biased. Unfortunately, this biased approach is prevalent in many organizations, but it has been declared illegal under federal law and many state laws.
The law also protects you from any discriminatory activities such as demeaning remarks and harassment. Discrimination based on the physical characteristics of employees is also prohibited by law. Additionally, you cannot be denied employment because of marriage or where you worship or attend school.
Some employers have also attempted to implement an English-only rule in their workplace. However, this rule has often been under suspicion by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Courts have issued different decisions in relation to this, but critics have pointed out that those who are penalized are often immigrants. In response to this, the EEOC has issued regulations indicating that an individual’s primary language is a vital characteristic of their origin and cannot be discriminated against.
If you are an employee or applicant and think that your nationality has had a negative impact on the employment decisions in your organization, you can file a complaint with the EEOC and can even sue the employer for unfair discrimination based on national origin. It is important to hire an experienced employment attorney to guide you through the process. An attorney may be able to help you receive the compensation you deserve.