There are several ways in which companies in California or anywhere else in the United States may engage in national origin discrimination. National origin discrimination might occur if an employer refuses to hire a person because he or she is from a specific country or part of the world. This type of discrimination might also occur if an individual is denied a job or an opportunity for advancement based on his or her accent.
If a person is treated unfavorably because that individual is married to someone from a particular country or region of the world, that may be seen as discriminatory. Employers are not allowed to make offensive remarks or engage in other forms of harassment based on where a person is from. It is important to note that simple teasing or inside jokes may not rise to the level of harassment.
Instead, the actions taken by an employer, colleague or customer would need to be severe enough to create a hostile working environment. Employers are not allowed to create workplace policies that could have a disparate impact on individuals based on their national origin or ethnicity. This is true even if the policy is designed to apply to everyone who works for the organization. Finally, companies are generally not allowed to make employment decisions based on a person’s immigration status.
Individuals who feel as if they have been victims of workplace discrimination may want to have their cases evaluated by legal counsel. A legal representative may be able to determine if an employer’s actions created a hostile workplace or were discriminatory in any way. Statements made by managers, colleagues or others may be used as evidence in a workplace discrimination case. Workers may be entitled to compensation if their claims can be substantiated.