Much attention is given to race discrimination and sex discrimination in employment in the United States. However, another type of pervasive discrimination in many workplaces is based on an employee’s national origin. This type of discrimination is based on the fact – or the mistaken belief – that an individual is from a specific country or region of the world.
National origin discrimination can be based on many characteristics of an individual, including the following:
- Race or color;
- Religious beliefs or affiliations;
- Accent or language;
- Marriage to someone of a certain national origin;
- Association with a particular ethnic group;
- Citizenship of another country.
If you have experienced discrimination or harassment based on your actual or perceived national origin, you have important legal rights. The lawyers at HKM Employment Attorneys in Las Vegas will stand up for your rights and help you receive any compensation you deserve from the offending employer.
Harassment Can Cause a Hostile Work Environment
Not every instance of discrimination involves the refusal to hire someone or firing someone based on where they may be from. Instead, it can take the form of harassment by coworkers, managers, or others in the workplace – including third parties that work with the company. While any comment about someone’s ethnicity can be upsetting, in order for harassment to be against the law, it must meet one of the following requirements:
- The behavior is ongoing and frequent;
- The behavior is isolated but extremely offensive or intimidating;
- The behavior prevents the victim from doing their job.
Any of the above can create a hostile work environment as defined by federal and state anti-discrimination laws. When a hostile work environment exists, the harassment is unlawful and should be stopped by your employer as soon as possible. This harassment can
If you are experiencing a hostile work environment and feel comfortable reporting the situation to your employer, you should do so. If the harassment is coming from a supervisor or you otherwise do not believe you should complain directly to your employer, please contact our experienced employment discrimination attorneys as soon as possible. You have legal rights to seek compensation and legal recourse in the following situations:
- A hostile work environment was allowed to persist after you reported it;
- You experienced retaliation from your employer because you reported the harassment;
- You experienced another adverse employment action based on your national origin.
We can help you identify the best course of action to protect your rights against such harassment and discrimination.
Consult With a Las Vegas Employment Discrimination Lawyer Today
When you call the Las Vegas office of HKM Employment Attorneys, you will be able to discuss your situation confidentially with a dedicated lawyer who understands federal and Nevada employment laws. Our goal is to protect your rights to the fullest extent possible and hold your employer accountable for wrongful discrimination, harassment, or termination. Please do not hesitate to call our office at 702-625-3893 or contact us online to learn more.