Understanding National Origin Discrimination
The law provides protections to workers against discrimination in the workplace. These protections are extended to a wide range of different classes of people, including those who may not originally be from the United States. Discrimination on the basis of national origin is therefore prohibited by law.
Nevertheless, as the United States becomes increasingly diverse and immigration to the country continues to expand, more and more workers are facing the problem of national origin discrimination. In most cases, workers who have been subject to this type of discrimination are entitled to take legal action in order to redress their grievances. However, there are some situations in which national origin discrimination may actually be allowed.
Exceptions to National Origin Discrimination Laws
While in the vast majority of cases, making hiring or employment decisions on the basis of national origin is against the law, there are some situations in which national origin can legitimately be considered by employers, including:
- When a job requires proficiency in the English language
- When a worker’s accent may interfere with their ability to effectively do the job
- In these situations, employers may be entitled to seek other workers who may be more effective in the position.
- Find Out More about National Origin Discrimination from an Austin Lawyer
If you have been the victim of national origin discrimination in Austin, a lawyer from The The Melton Law Firm, can help you fight for the justice you are seeking. Contact us today at (512) 330-0017 to learn more about what our experienced legal team can do to help you take action against the employer who unfairly discriminated against you.