Both California and Federal law prohibit national origin discrimination and harassment. Generally, national origin discrimination means treating someone less favorably because that individual (or his or her ancestors) is from a certain place or belongs to a particular national origin group. The National Origin Discrimination Lawyers at Helmer Friedman LLP represent employees in these types of cases. California and Federal law prohibit employers from taking actions that have the purpose or effect of discriminating against persons because of their nationality. In addition, California and Federal law prohibit discrimination against a person because he or she is associated with an individual of a particular national origin. The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) protects employees from employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation based on:
- Religious creed
- National origin
- Physical disability
- Mental disability
- Medical condition
- Genetic information
- Marital status
- Gender identity
- Gender expression
- Sexual orientation
- Military and veteran status
- Opposition to practices made unlawful by Title VII
- Participation in Title VII proceedings
Have you, a friend or family member experienced national origin discrimination?
The United States Congress passed Title VII and the California Legislature passed Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) in recognition of the fact that every person is entitled to the same employment opportunities as anyone else whether an individual’s ancestry is:
- American Indian
- Any other ethnicity
These protections extend to all all workers in the United States, whether born in the United States or abroad and regardless of citizenship status. These laws express the strong public policy against national origin discrimination in the workplace.
More information about national origin discrimination and harassment can be obtained from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Compliance Manual. Section 13 of the Manual which covers national origin discrimination and harassment.