Philadelphia Employment Discrimination Lawyers
National Origin Discrimination
Working people are protected against discrimination and harassment on the basis of their national origin or ancestry. We are here to help you in achieving compensation and job protection if you have been treated unlawfully, discriminated against or harassed because of your national origin. Contact our Philadelphia national origin discrimination attorneys and we will help you.
What is national origin discrimination?
The law protects you against employment discrimination on the basis of national origin. It is unlawful to discriminate against any employee or applicant of employment because of the individual’s national origin. No one can be denied equal employment opportunities because of place of birth, ancestry, culture, or linguistic characteristics to a specific ethnic group. Equal employment opportunities cannot be denied because of marriage or association with a person of a national origin group, membership or association with specific ethnic groups, attendance or participation in schools, churches, temples associated with national origin groups or a surname associated with a national origin group.
What are examples of national origin discrimination?
An employer cannot require its employees to speak only English at all times. This will violate both federal and state law, unless an employer can show it is necessary for conducting business. If an employer believes that English-only rule is critical, employees must be told that they must speak English and the consequences of violating the rule. Any action taken by an employer against an employee for breaking the rule may constitute discrimination if the employer did not make the rule known to the employee.
Harassment based on national origin violates the law. Ethnic slurs or verbal or physical contact because of an individual’s nationality can constitute harassment, creates a hostile work environment and unreasonably interfere with work performance. Companies have a responsibility to maintain a work place free of national original harassment.
What to do if you believe you have been unlawfully treated?
Many companies have policies regarding any discrimination, harassment or retaliation in their company handbook. Likewise, they may have reporting requirements, which may require you to follow a certain procedure. You should request the company to take action to stop and correct discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. You should follow those procedures and document your actions in writing. Failure to follow those procedures may lead to a denial of your rights to recover legal damages for the improper action of the company.
You have to act promptly.
There is a limited time in which you can bring a claim for discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. You must file your claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) under Title VII of the Civil Rights within 180 days of the last act of discrimination and/or the same holds true for filing a state claim with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC). However, if you file a claim with the PHRC within 180 days of the last act of discrimination or harassment, you can file a claim with the EEOC within 300 days of the last act of discrimination or harassment.
If you believe that you have a claim for discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, our Philadelphia national origin discrimination attorneys can help. Please contact our office for a free case evaluation and assistance in filing your claim.