Employees Can Be Discriminated Against Based On Their National Origin, Not Just Their Race

Employees and employers alike are aware that discrimination can occur based on race. However it can also occur based on national origin. These incidents can occur between people of different races, such as Caucasian and African, but also between people of the same race but different countries of origin, such as between Irish and Polish or between Egyptians and Syrians.

Within the workplace, these conflicts can occur between supervisors and subordinates, as well as between co-workers, creating a hostile work environment for one or both groups. This is of concern to employees and employers alike, and must be resolved.

At The Employee Rights Group, LLC, of Boston, our attorneys represent both sides in every kind of employment discrimination case. Because our knowledge and skills extend to precedents in these matters nationwide, and because our lawyers work these cases from both sides, we know the defenses and strategies common to each side. This allows us to provide superior representation from either perspective.

Federal Law Protects Immigrants From Discrimination

As a nation of immigrants this country claims to thrive on diversity. But it is never easy for the most recent immigrant groups. Nationalities experiencing discrimination today include those from Arab countries, African and Latin American countries. For this reason Congress, in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), added nationality and country of origin to its list of impermissible discriminations.

IRCA prohibits discrimination in any aspect of employment: hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits and more. The law forbids discriminating against individuals from these countries, against individuals who look like they may originate from these countries, and against individuals who may be married or otherwise related to people from these countries.

Federal Law Prohibits Retaliation For Reporting Discrimination

The law also forbids retaliation by employers against people who assert their IRCA rights, by filing a charge or even by assisting in an investigation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Do You Have Questions About National Origin Discrimination? Call Us Today.

For a free initial consultation to discuss a national origin discrimination case, contact the attorneys of The Employee Rights Group, LLC at 774-847-7390. You can also email us any employment law questions you may have.

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