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National Origin Discrimination

National Origin Discrimination Lawyers

The law in both New Jersey and New York prohibits employers from engaging in discrimination based on 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.  At Rabner Baumgart Ben-Asher & Nirenberg, P.C., our employment lawyers will work hard to protect your workplace rights.

Many Different Forms of National Origin Discrimination Are Illegal

National Origin DiscriminationNational 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 discrimination should be a basis for employment decisions. Fortunately, they all violate the law in New Jersey and New York.  If you have experienced workplace discrimination, our New Jersey national origin discrimination attorneys can help.

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, Color and Religious 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, color or religion. 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 (201) 777-2250 to schedule an appointment with one of our New Jersey national origin discrimination lawyers.

Prohibiting Harassment Based on Your Nationality

Similarly, the law in both New Jersey and New York City prohibits employers from harassing an employee based on his or her national origin or ancestry. To be actionable, the pattern of harassment has to be so severe or frequent that it is comparable to a change in the terms or conditions of your employment.

If you have been severely or frequently teased, insulted, mocked, threatened or otherwise mistreated because of the country in which you or your ancestors were born, then there is a good chance you have an harassment claim.

Contact Us About National Origin Discrimination at Your Job

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. at (201) 777-2250 or to contact us online to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced New Jersey national origin discrimination attorneys. Our main office is in Bergen County, New Jersey. We also offer remote consultations by Zoom and telephone.

If you want to learn more, you may be interested in reading our article: EEOC Issues New National Origin Guidelines.

We also recommend you visit our New Jersey Employment Law Blog, which includes articles about employment law news and developments.

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