Employers make hiring decisions based on job applicants’ experience, training, and the way they answered questions during their interview. Also, employers make decisions regarding pay, demotion, and promotions based on a workers’ job performance. Unfortunately, some employers sometimes decide to make compensation, firing, hiring, and promotion decisions based on your national origin.
Employment laws in Washington, D.C., as well as the United States, prohibit many forms of job discrimination. One type of anti-discrimination law involves national origin. It is unlawful for any federal, state, or district employer to mistreat you based on your national origin. The term “national origin” refers to your culture, perceived ethnicity or culture. National origin discrimination is unlawful in all areas of life including education, employment, housing, and health care.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces federal laws against national origin discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The act covers private sector employers with fifteen or more workers, federal government employers (public sector), employment agencies, and labor groups. At the state level, the DC Human Rights Act of 1977 further protects District of Columbia employees against national origin discrimination.
National Origin Discrimination is Also About Physical Characteristics
Anti-discrimination laws also protect you based on physical characteristics. This means that it is considered national origin discrimination to make employment decisions based on specific characteristics. Examples of characteristics are facial features, hair texture, height, and skin color. For example, an employer can’t isolate you from customer contact because of your physical appearance, such as hairstyle.
Steps in Fighting National Origin Discrimination
The first step in fighting national origin and civil rights discrimination in the District of Columbia is learning more about your legal rights. If you think you’re a victim of national origin discrimination, hire an attorney to learn more about national origin discrimination. In addition, you must file a complaint with the state, district, or federal agency that oversees discrimination complaints. Employment lawyers at a law firm then investigate your claim.
Remedies Awarded to Your for Suffering National Origin Discrimination
Because national origin discrimination is illegal employment discrimination, you have the right to receive compensation for your claim. The type of remedies awarded depends on the facts of your case. However, you may be eligible to receive back pay, punitive damages, compensatory damages, and attorney’s fees.
Contact HKM Employment Attorneys LLP about Your National Origin Discrimination Claim
National origin discrimination is illegal in Washington, D.C. Employment decisions aren’t supposed to involve your culture or ethnicity, nor sexual orientation, nor age. When this does occur, you have the right to file a discrimination claim to right this wrong. Contact HKM Employment Attorneys LLP immediately about your case. We are committed to assisting employees who were victims of national origin discrimination in Washington, D.C. We represent clients in all employment levels and industries. We also have the legal skills and resources to help you fight national origin discrimination.
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