“National origin” broadly refers to the country where someone was born, but it can also refer to a person’s ancestry, cultural background, or physical or linguistic characteristics. National origin discrimination occurs when an employer puts an employee or group of employees at a disadvantage because of their nationality or perceived nationality.
Common situations that constitute national origin discrimination include:
- Adopting English-only rules when such rules are not necessary to maintain workplace safety or not essential to the employee’s job
- Discrimination in recruitment, promotion or payment on the basis of a person’s national origin or cultural heritage
- Discriminating against an individual because of his or her accent (accent discrimination) or because of physical characteristics commonly associated with a particular nationality or group, even if the employee is not of that nationality at all
- Taking action against an employee who merely associates with a particular national group, regardless of whether he or she is a member of that group
If it’s determined that you are a victim of unlawful workplace discrimination, we can help you in multiple ways.
# 1 We will Make It Stop. If we are retained early enough, we can sometimes convince your employer to intervene on your behalf. The offending supervisor may be fired or relocated, or if you desire, you may be moved to a different location. We’ll help you through the process, and make sure your employer follows the law throughout.
#2 Negotiate an Exit. In many discrimination cases, our clients simply want “out.” We can often negotiate an exit package that will protect your reputation as a good employee, protect your access to unemployment benefits, negotiate potential severance options and your ability to get a new job.
#3 File a Discrimination Lawsuit. If your employer is not willing to cooperate and negotiate an out-of-court resolution, a lawsuit may be in your best interest. We will discuss with you all the risks and possible benefits involved so that you will know what to expect, and decide whether or not you want to sue your employer.
One thing you CAN be sure of, Whitehead Employment Law will continuously fight for your rights every step of the way.
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