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National Origin Discrimination in California: Facts for Employees

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Have you been discriminated against on the job because of your national origin? If so, you should talk to an employment attorney to help you file a workplace discrimination complaint. But before filing, it is important to know what national origin discrimination looks like and how California and Federal law can protect you from these discriminatory employer behaviors.

The information below will give you the facts on national origin discrimination and harassment in California, common signs you are being subjected to discrimination due to your national origin, and what you can do about it right now.

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Have you been discriminated against on the job because of your national origin? If so, you should talk to an employment attorney to help you file a workplace discrimination complaint. But before filing, it is important to know what national origin discrimination looks like and how California and Federal law can protect you from these discriminatory employer behaviors.

The information below will give you the facts on national origin discrimination and harassment in California, common signs you are being subjected to discrimination due to your national origin, and what you can do about it right now.

What is National Origin Discrimination?

A person's national origin can pertain to his or her country of origin, or the country of origin of his or her ancestors (parents, included). Activity constituting national origin discrimination at work can come in a variety of forms, and occurs whether an employee or applicant is actually from another country, or if he or she is believed to be from another country. This unlawful, negative treatment can range from harassment due to a worker's accent, to denial of training because of an employee's country of birth, and even wrongful termination.

Signs You Are Being Subjected to National Origin Discrimination at Work

According to the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), it is unlawful for your employer or potential employer to subject you to adverse employment actions based on your actual or perceived national origin or ancestry, or your association with someone (such as your spouse) who actually is, or perceived to be of a particular national origin - a member of a protected class.

In addition to that, if your employer knowingly allows the continuation of a hostile, intimidating, or abusive work environment due to your national origin, both California and Federal law protect you from this and other types of harassing and discriminatory behavior as outlined below.

Common signs you've been subjected to national origin discrimination at work:

  • An employer refused to hire you because of your national origin
  • You have been verbally abused or insulted at work because of your national origin
  • You have been physically abused or threatened with violence by your employer or coworkers because of your national origin
  • Your workspace has been damaged by coworkers due to your national origin
  • You have been cyber bullied by your employer or coworkers because of your national origin
  • You have been unfairly disciplined by your employer because of your national origin
  • You have received negative performance reviews due to your national origin
  • You have been excluded from your project meetings due to your national origin
  • You have been denied ongoing training because of national origin
  • You have been denied a promotion or raise because of your national origin
  • You have been denied benefits because of your national origin
  • Your workload has increased because of your national origin
  • Your hours have decreased or your work shifts change suddenly because of your national origin

• You have been terminated due to your national origin

How to File a National Origin Discrimination Complaint in California

If you have been subjected to any of the above-mentioned discriminatory behaviors in the workplace, you should contact a California employment attorney to discuss your options. Once your attorney evaluates your situation, and decides that a national origin discrimination or harassment complaint is or may be appropriate, they can assist you by complying with mandatory filing timelines and then file your workplace discrimination complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing or the U.S. EEOC. Note: Be sure to document all discriminatory and harassing behaviors as they occur: when they happened, who was involved, witnesses, and anything else that can help your employment attorney move forward with filing a complaint.

It is unlawful for your employer to subject you to negative treatment in the workplace due to your national origin. The experienced employment attorneys at Hennig Ruiz are here to fight for your rights. Call us for a free consultation today.

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