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My Nationality – Discrimination At Work

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Chicago’s ethnic history is as deep as it is wide. One of the great melting pots of the world, Chicago draws people from all over the world in pursuit of our own brand of life, liberty, and happiness. Not unlike major metropolitan cities of the same ilk, Chicago has neighborhoods and boroughs where people of like nationality find comfort and community. The confluence of different cultures, religious beliefs, and nationalities is part of what makes our city and our nation great.

What happens when your nationality seems to be an issue in the workplace? Should an employee just accept that his or her nation of origin brings out prejudices and negative energy at work?

What Is “Nation Of Discrimination” At Work?

When an employee is not hired, fired, disciplined, or harassed in the workplace due to his or her nationality, this is nation of origin discrimination. Federal law prohibits this kind of behavior and employees who find themselves in this unfortunate position should enlist the help of a well-established discrimination attorney in order to ensure the fullest protection.

For example, an employer can only require that employees speak fluent English if it is pertinent to effectively performing the duties of the job. An employment decision based on an employee’s foreign accent is also an example of national origin discrimination, unless the accent seriously inhibits job performance.

Types Of Nationality Discrimination

When an employer discriminates against an employee or potential hire and that discrimination seems to be based on national origin, any of the following aspects of employment should be considered (according to the EEOC):

  • Hiring
  • Firing
  • Pay
  • Job assignments
  • Promotions
  • Layoffs
  • Training
  • Fringe benefits
  • Any other terms or conditions of employment

When You Have Been Discriminated Against Based On Your Nationality

Goldman & Ehrlich manages cases of national origin discrimination with sensitivity and a firm resolve to achieve the best outcome for our clients. For more than 25 years, our Chicago discrimination attorneys have fought for diversity in the workplace and defended

businesses from allegations of illegal practices.

Contact Our Chicago National Origin Discrimination Attorneys

If you suspect discrimination based on national origin is affecting you in your workplace, Goldman & Ehrlich can help. Call us at 312.332.6733 today or contact our Chicago office online.