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Is national origin discrimination illegal?

Each day, hard-working Americans are subjected to all sorts of unacceptable behavior in the workplace, from sexual harassment to discrimination. Moreover, discrimination takes many forms and it is crucial for victims to spot violations of the law and hold offenders accountable right away. In Miami, Florida, victims of discrimination may face many hurdles, from humiliation to financial problems because they lost their job or were demoted. Sometimes, people are discriminated against because of their national origin.

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against a protected employee on the basis of her or his national origin. Not only is it against the law for employees to be subjected to discrimination because of their own national origin, but they cannot be discriminated against because they are connected to someone from a particular national origin, such as their marital partner.

There are many behaviors that constitute illegal discrimination, such as firing a worker solely because of their national origin. However, it is also illegal for an employer to deny the worker benefits, reassign them to a worse position, deny them a promotion or refuse to hire them in the first place due to their national origin. For workers who have been through this type of discrimination, or subjected to other forms of unlawful treatment in the workplace, taking action may seem difficult or risky, but employers are also not allowed to unlawfully retaliate against workers who speak out.

This writeup is offered for general informational purposes and is not legal advice.

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