There are people living and working in Las Vegas of all different national origins. Whether you are Mexican, Arab, Filipino, Native American, or from any other nationality, you have the right to earn a living free from discrimination based on your nation origin. This right is protected by both federal law and Nevada state employment laws.
Unfortunately, the existence of these federal and state laws does not eliminate the biases and prejudices of some employers and many people find themselves experiencing unlawful national origin discrimination in a work setting. It is important to recognize that such discrimination is illegal and to call an experienced Nevada employment discrimination lawyer at HKM who will stand up for your rights.
Information About National Origin Discrimination in Nevada
Employers are not allowed to discriminate against employees based on any of the following factors that are included under actual or perceived national origin:
- Place of birth;
- Cultural characteristics;
- Accent or other linguistic characteristics;
- Having a surname commonly associated with a certain nationality;
- Marriage to an individual of a certain national origin;
- Memberships or attendance at particular religious institutions, schools, or other groups associated with a certain nationality.
The following are examples of unlawful discriminatory acts that can be based on national origin:
Employment decisions – Employers are not allowed to consider national origin or related factors when making decisions regarding hiring, promotion, pay, job assignments, termination, or any other aspect of a person’s employment.
Harassment – Any harassment based on a person’s nationality is unlawful if it creates a hostile work environment for victim or others in the workplace.
Accent and language discrimination – An employer cannot make employment decisions based on accent or fluency in English unless having an accent or lack of fluency would substantially interfere with the performance of those particular job duties. In addition, an employer cannot lawfully require that employees only speak English at work unless it is necessary for safety or efficiency of operations.
Discrimination against foreign nationals – As long as an individual has the proper authorization to work in the United States, an employer cannot discriminate against them because they are a citizen of another country. Such discrimination is prohibited under the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) as well as Title VII and state law.
An experienced attorney at HKM will listen to your story and help identify whether you suffered any form of unlawful discrimination.
Contact a Highly Skilled Employment Lawyer to Discuss Your Legal Options Today
Being the victim of any type of unlawful discrimination can be harmful both financially and emotionally. At the Las Vegas office of HKM Employment Attorneys, we believe in the rights of individuals of all nationalities to work free from discrimination to support themselves and their families. We know that discrimination can hold you back and we will work to hold your employer liable for any losses you incurred. Our employment lawyers explore every option to resolve your case as efficiently as possible, so please contact our office online or call us at 702-625-3893 to learn more about how we can help you.