On job sites and work spaces across the country, discrimination is widespread. Employees may be treated unfairly and illegally due to their racial background, their gender, their religious views or their sexual orientation. However, some workers are also discriminated against because of their national origin, which is especially prevalent among immigrant workers in Santa Barbara, and all across California.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission covers national origin discrimination, which takes a number of forms, on their site. Often, victims of this type of discrimination are treated differently as a result of their national origin. However, it is important for you to understand some of the other ways that this discrimination manifests in the workplace. For example, it is against the law for an employer to discriminate against an employee because of their associations with people of a particular national origin. As an example, an employee cannot be discriminated against because he or she is married to someone with a certain national origin.
Victims of national origin discrimination may be unlawfully mistreated in many ways. For example, they may be fired, laid off, reassigned to a less desirable position or have their application turned down solely because of their national origin. If you think that your employer may have broken the law by discriminating against you due to your national origin, you should take action.
Please understand that this post was written to offer helpful information on discrimination and does not serve as any type of substitute for legal counsel.