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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.

If you feel as though you’ve been discriminated against because of your national origin, here are some questions that you may have:

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 to a person of a national origin group, membership/association with specific ethnic groups, attendance or participation in schools, churches and temples associated with national origin groups or a surname that is associated with a national origin group.

What are examples of national origin discrimination?

One example of national origin discrimination is when an employer requires its employees to speak only English at all times.  This violates 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 must be explained.  Any action taken by an employer against an employee for breaking the rule may constitute discrimination if the employer did not make the rule and consequences known to the employee.

Harassment based on national origin violates the law. Ethnic slurs, verbal or physical contact because of an individual’s nationality can constitute harassment, creates a hostile work environment and unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance.  Companies have a responsibility to maintain a work place free of national original harassment.

What should you do if you believe you have been unlawfully treated?

Many companies have policies regarding any discrimination, harassment or retaliation that occurs in their company handbook. Likewise, they may have reporting requirements, which may mandate you to follow a certain procedure.  You should request that the company take action to correct and stop any discrimination, harassment or retaliation that is taking place. You should follow the procedure and document your actions in writing.  Failure to follow the procedure 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. 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.

Contact the Experienced Philadelphia National Origin Discrimination Attorneys at Galfand Berger

If you or a loved one believes that you have a claim for discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, we are happy to answer your questions and have one of our Philadelphia employment lawyers review your case for free. Please call us at 1-800-222-USWA (8792) or complete our short contact form and a member of our firm will contact you.

With offices in Philadelphia, Lancaster, Bethlehem and Reading, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  And, remember, there is no fee unless we recover for you.


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