National Origin Discrimination
New Jersey and New York law both prohibit employers from discriminating against their employees based on their national origin. In other words, it is a violation of your employment law rights if your company treats you less favorably based on the country in which you were born.Many Different Forms of National Origin Discrimination Are Illegal
National origin discrimination can take many forms. For example, it can include negative decisions relating to being hired, fired, promoted or demoted if the decision was based on the nation in which you were born.
Similarly, there can be many different reasons why a supervisor might commit national origin discrimination. For instance, it can be the result of current or historical tensions between the country in which you were born and the country in which your supervisor, boss or the owner of your company was born. Other times, it can be due to cultural differences. Likewise, sometimes national origin discrimination is based on prejudices or unfair stereotypes about people who were born in a particular country or region. None of these forms of national origin discrimination should be a basis for employment decisions. Fortunately, they all violate the law in New Jersey and New York.New Jersey and New York City Law Prohibit Discrimination Based on Ancestry
In addition to forbidding national origin discrimination, New Jersey and New York City’s anti-discrimination laws prohibit discrimination based on your ancestry. As a result, if you work in New Jersey or New York City, it is a violation of your employment law rights for your employer to treat you less favorably because of the country where your parents, grandparents or other ancestors were born, whether or not you ever personally lived there.Related Claims: Race and Color Discrimination
If you have been the victim of national origin or ancestry discrimination in your workplace, then you also may have experienced discrimination at work based on your race, religion or color. We invite you to read more about these related claims on our race discrimination, religious discrimination and color discrimination pages.
If you have experienced unlawful discrimination at your job, please feel free to call us at (973) 744-4000.Prohibiting Harassment Based on Your Nationality
Similarly, the law in both New Jersey and New York prohibits employers from harassing an employee based on his or her national origin or ancestry. If you have been severely or frequently teased, insulted, mocked, threatened or otherwise mistreated because of the country in which you were born, you may have a harassment claim.Contact an Employment Lawyer About National Origin Discrimination at Work
If you have been fired, wrongfully terminated, laid off, demoted, passed up for a promotion, harassed, or experienced another form of discrimination based on your national origin or ancestry, then your employment law rights may have been violated. We welcome you to call Rabner Baumgart Ben-Asher & Nirenberg, P.C. in New Jersey at (973) 744-4000 or to contact us online to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced employment law attorney.