A closer look at discrimination over national origin

| Apr 22, 2017 | Employment Immigration |

In the private and public sector, employees experience an assortment of unfair and sometimes illegal problems, such as wrongful termination, denied wages, etc. Unfortunately, discrimination remains widespread in Miami-Dade, Florida, and affects workers in many ways. Sometimes, employees are unlawfully discriminated against as a result of their national origin.

Under federal law, it is illegal to discriminate against an employee due to his or her culture, language, ancestry or the place they were born, according to the United States Department of Justice. Moreover, employers are not allowed to discriminate against an employee because they have a friend or marital partner from a particular national origin. Other examples of illegal national origin discrimination include treating an employee unfairly due to their involvement in customs belonging to an ethnic group or their accent.

 The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission also addresses this issue and draws attention to another example of national origin discrimination. In some cases, employees are illegally discriminated against because it is presumed that they belong to an ethnic group, when in fact they do not. For example, if an employer has negative opinions about Muslims and discriminates an employee for wearing a turban, when in fact they are a Sikh, this is also against the law and unacceptable.

Immigrants who experience discrimination after moving to the U.S. for work may experience financial issues, anxiety about their future and a host of other challenges. Because of the serious nature of these violations, employers should not get away with violations of the law.

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