While racism and discrimination based on national origin often go hand in hand, they are not the same thing. In our often volatile culture, people of one nationality may suddenly find themselves facing unexpected discrimination. This may be based on long standing stereotypes, or it may be based on sudden changes in attitudes due to international events over which individuals have no control. Whatever the reason, origin based discrimination is wrong and, more importantly, it is unlawful.
Both California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act prohibit discrimination based on national origin. If you believe you are facing workplace discrimination or harassment based on your nationality, contact a lawyer at the Law Offices of Rheuban & Gresen by e-mail or call us at 818.815.2727. We are happy to provide you with a free consultation about your potential EEO claim.
National Origin Discrimination
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.
All too often, hostility and harassment in the workplace becomes so intolerable that a reasonable person in the employee's position feels they have little choice but to resign. If you quit your job because of unfair treatment based on your national origin, you may have a claim for constructive discharge.
When employees bring claims for national origin discrimination, defendant employers often claim that there was a legitimate, non-discriminatory reason for what appeared to be discrimination and that national origin was not an issue. As the employee's attorneys, we must then show that the employer's stated reason was merely a pretext for unlawful discrimination.
Contact a Los Angeles National Origin Discrimination Lawyer Today!
At the Law Offices of Rheuban & Gresen, our founders, attorneys Steven Rheuban and Solomon Gresen, have more than 40 years of combined experience protecting the rights of employees in the workplace. Our extensive experience with discrimination cases enables us to distinguish between legitimate employment actions and unlawful discrimination. Because national origin discrimination can be pervasive, we will also consider whether others are experiencing the same discrimination, which could qualify your claim for class action status. We accept all claims on a contingent fee basis — we collect no attorney's fees unless you win by settlement, judgment, award, etc. For a free consultation about your national origin discrimination claim, contact a lawyer at the Law Offices of Rheuban & Gresen in Los Angeles.