Both California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and Title VII of the Federal Civil Rights Act prohibit discrimination based on national origin. National origin refers to the country where a person was born or where his or her ancestry came from. National origin discrimination occurs when an individual is treated differently in their employment because of the country that he or she is from, or where their ancestors came from.
A common example is where an employer implements a rule that requires employees to speak English at all times in the workplace. Such an action constitutes national origin discrimination because it disadvantages employees whose primary language is other than English. Another example includes a situation where an employee is terminated or an employer refuses to hire someone based on where that person was born or where his or her ancestors are from.
If you feel you have been the victim of national origin discrimination, or been denied employment opportunities because of your national origin, or been treated unfairly by your employer as a result of your national origin, contact the Stanley C. Franklin law firm where we can evaluate your claim and advise you of your rights.