National Origin

Discrimination in the workplace, based on an employee’s national origin or immigration status is prohibited under both California and federal law.

Under the federal law (Title VII), acts amount to illegal national origin discrimination in the workplace when the acts affect an employee’s “terms or conditions of employment.” “Terms or conditions of employment” is defined as hiring, firing, title, rate of pay, position, team role, hours, vacations, etc. Under California law, an employer cannot take an “adverse employment action” against an employee based on national origin. “Adverse employment actions” include but are not limited to termination, demotion, and failure to promote.


Unlawful discrimination can take on many forms. Below are examples of employer acts that the courts have found to be discriminatory.

  • Hiring procedures that disfavor a group based on their national origin;
  • Lower salaries for certain ethnic groups;
  • Fewer benefits depending upon national origin;
  • Fewer chances of promotion depending on national origin;
  • Fewer opportunities for training depending upon national origin;
  • Termination based on animus towards an employee’s national origin; and
  • Adverse employment action because an employee associates with a particular nationality.

Unfortunately, in today’s society, there is a growing atmosphere of hostility toward undocumented immigrants. U.S. Citizens may now find themselves facing workplace discrimination due to misplaced beliefs regarding their citizenship status. This includes harassment or discrimination regarding hiring, compensation, and termination. Whatever the reason, national origin based discrimination is wrong and, more importantly, it is unlawful.


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