Ethnic stereotypes and assumptions may lead to harassment by co-workers or discriminatory treatment by supervisors. This is not only offensive, but a violation of state and federal laws as well. Employers may not discriminate against employees on the basis of their national origin or perceived ethnicity.
If you were singled out because of your accent or ethnic origin, the lawyers of California Employment Counsel, APC, can help you stand up for your rights. We handle employment discrimination claims in Orange County, Greater Los Angeles and Southern California.
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Your country of origin or the people you associate with have no bearing on your ability to do your job. Unfortunately, employers, supervisors and fellow workers often bring their ethnic biases to the workplace.
National origin discrimination is prohibited by California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act and under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This can include:
- Derogatory ethnic names
- Insulting comments such as “Go back to your country”
- Physical harassment
- Crummy job assignments or lesser pay
- Barriers to advancement
- Discrimination in hiring or layoffs
- Favoritism for one ethnicity
- Rules against speaking your native language
It is discrimination if you were born in L.A. but your supervisor refers to you as a “Mexican” or an “illegal alien.” It is discrimination when a Korean employer mistreats Vietnamese employees, or a group of Hispanic employees harasses an African-American co-worker.
We can help you document the behavior and the employer’s response, including any backlash. Our national origin discrimination lawyers will explain your rights and walk you through every step of the legal process.
You may be entitled to compensation for back pay, emotional distress and other damages if you were mistreated simply because of your national origin or perceived ethnicity.
To explore your rights, contact us online or call (714) 462-8376 or toll free at 866-545-2415 to arrange a free consultation.
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