For the first time in 14 years, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has updated its guidance on national origin discrimination in the workplace. Issued on November 18, 2016, the guidance addresses new categories of national origin discrimination, clarifies the definition of "national origin," and informs employers on what constitutes "ethnicity" and "place of origin" discrimination.
Clothing retailer Forever 21 could be in violation of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). San Francisco Business Times reports that the company has been sued by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) for allegedly putting in place an English-only policy for its workers in its San Francisco store.
A woman has sued the Getty Foundation alleging she was turned down for its Multicultural Undergraduate Internship because she is white.
Are you thinking about suing your employer for race discrimination? While this type of unlawful employer behavior is the most common in the United States according to current EEOC charge statistics, you may want to reassess your situation before contacting an employment attorney. This is because, while race and national origin often overlap, many employees mistake race discrimination for national origin discrimination. And although they may sound the same, California and federal employment laws address each protected class separately. This common mistake is easy to make since your race is usually connected to your national origin. So, how do you know if you're being subjected to workplace discrimination due to your race, or if it's related to your national origin?