Identifying unlawful national origin discrimination

On Behalf of | Mar 20, 2017 | Employment Immigration |

Under federal law, it is illegal for employers to discriminate against employees based on their national origin, according to the United States Department of Justice. Unfortunately, national origin discrimination occurs too often in Miami, and elsewhere in this U.S. Sometimes, those who have immigrated to the U.S. and their family members suffer in numerous ways after experiencing discrimination, whether they struggle with financial burdens brought on by the loss of a job or emotional issues such as depression and anxiety.

According to the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, discrimination based on an employee’s national origin may take numerous forms. For example, an employer with 15 or more employees cannot refuse to hire a qualified applicant solely because of their national origin. Moreover, employees cannot lose their job or have a promotion denied on the basis of their national origin. Other examples of unlawful discrimination may involve employee benefits, the assignment of tasks, compensation or job training.

Those who have experienced or observed illegal discrimination in the workplace should try to take steps to address the unlawful behavior right away. In some cases, filing a complaint is necessary, while other instances of discrimination necessitate further action. Regrettably, some people are worried about the consequences they may face if they speak out, although it is also illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee who stands up for their rights. Moreover, some employees do not even know that their employer broke the law, which highlights how crucial it is to raise awareness on national origin discrimination.


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