If an employer terminates, demotes or subjects their employee to any type of adverse employment action because of their employee’s home country or their ancestors home country, they will be doing so in violation of federal labor laws.
It is unlawful to harass someone because of their national origin. Simple teasing alone (although not appropriate) might not be enough to bring a complaint against your employer.
However, if simple teasing grows into very frequent and severe insults leading to a hostile work environment or even more drastic a firing, an employee is better positioned to move forward with a complaint against their abuser.
The person who discriminates against you doesn’t just have to be your employer, it can be your employers client and your employer would be liable if your complaints to them fall on deaf ears and they do nothing to stop the workplace harassment against you. (and of course you would have to have proof of this). IRCA” or The Immigration And Reform Act of 1986 protects employees from being discriminated against solely for an individuals citizenship or immigration status.
We recently won a case for a client of ours who was harassed at work and ultimately fired just because of her national origin.
Please call us if you feel you’ve been a victim of national origin discrimination, harassment or if you are in a hostile work environment.
If you have been harassed, discriminated against, or find yourself in a hostile work environment, contact us to discuss your options with no obligation.Contact us now