New York City National Origin Discrimination Attorneys

National Origin Discrimination is based on Religion, Ethnicity, or Country of Origin

Were you harassed at work because of where you are from, what you wear, or how you speak? Did an employer refuse to hire you because of your race, religion, or ethnicity? National origin discrimination encompasses a wide array of discriminatory practices in New York City workplaces. If a company, boss, or co-worker has treated you poorly, and you believe the misconduct is related to your national origin, you may be entitled to compensation.

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Under federal law, as well as New York City and New York State Human Rights Laws, national origin discrimination is illegal. All employees and potential employees are entitled to the same employment opportunities and advancements, regardless of whether the employee is Asian, Indian, Haitian, Puerto Rican, Irish, Iraqi or any of the many diverse nationalities that make up the population of New York City. At the Derek Smith Law Group, our team of experienced attorneys protects the rights of working people across New York City, including Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Queens. We also represent employees National origin discrimination cases in New Jersey, Pennsylvania & Washington D.C. Our New York City discrimination attorneys have handled countless cases of workplace discrimination. If you think you have a national origin discrimination case or an employment discrimination claim of any kind, please contact us for a free consultation. Our NYC lawyers have recovered millions of dollars for hard-working men and women like you.

What is national origin discrimination in NY-NJ-PA?

National origin discrimination is closely related to race discrimination and religious discrimination. Broadly, national origin discrimination refers to discrimination based on your ethnicity or where you came from, but often includes racial and religious aspects.

There are four main components to ethnic discrimination under the law in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and across the nation:

1. Employment discrimination based on your place of origin

Employers in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania are prohibited from discriminating against you based on where you are from or the country/location your ancestors originated from. The location doesn’t even have to be a recognized country, or it could be a former country.

2. Employment discrimination against a national origin group

A “national origin group” is usually categorized as an ethnic group who share similar cultural traits, including:

  • Ethnicity – Membership of an ethnic group is often defined as shared cultural heritage, ancestry, origin myth, history, homeland, language and/or dialect and sometimes ideology, manifests itself through symbolic systems such as religion, mythology and ritual, cuisine, dressing style, physical appearance, and more.
  • Physical, linguistic, or cultural traits – Employment discrimination against an individual because she has physical, linguistic, and/or cultural characteristics closely associated with a national origin group, for example, discrimination against someone based on her traditional African style of dress

 3. Employment discrimination based on perception

An employer may discriminate against you for being a part of a particular ethnic group, when in fact, you do not identify with that culture at all. This could include harassing you because an employer or co-worker thinks you are a member of a particular racial, religious, or ethnic group whether or not that perception is correct.

4. Employment discrimination based on affiliation or association

Your employer cannot harass or discriminate against you because you associate with a person of a particular national origin. Additionally, treating you unfairly because you are affiliated with a particular ethnicity or religion is illegal.

Frequently asked questions about ethnic discrimination in New York City

Let our race, religious, and ethnic discrimination lawyers answer your questions about workplace discrimination. Our workplace discrimination lawyers serve clients in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island and throughout the state of New York. We also represent employees race, religious, and ethnic discrimination cases in New Jersey, Philadelphia & Washington D.C.

Does harassment count as discrimination in the in my place of employment?

Yes, your employer or co-workers cannot harass you based on your national origin. This includes making derogatory comments, insulting remarks, and directing ethnic slurs towards an individual. Your company has the responsibility to keep the work environment free of harassment.

Does my employer have to offer accommodations for my religious, ethnic, or cultural practice needs?

Yes, your employer must provide “reasonable accommodations,” as long as those considerations do not burden the employer with “undue hardship.” For example, your employer should be required to provide you with time off for religious holidays, but does not necessarily have to pay you for the time off.

What are some examples of race, religious, and national origin discrimination in New York?

There are countless ways a boss, colleague, or potential employer can treat you poorly because of your national origin, such as:

  • Refusing to promote you because you attend a Mosque
  • Prohibiting you from wearing your hijab at work
  • Making derogatory comments about Kurdish people
  • Harassing you because you wear a Star of David necklace
  • Refusing to hire you because your spouse is of African descent
  • Not interviewing anyone with Hispanic-sounding last names

What about the English-only rules in my NYC workplace?

An employer cannot force you to speak only English at your job, or discriminate against you for not speaking fluent English. However, they can require candidates to speak fluent English if it is essential for the job position. For example, customer service representations may need to speak the language well, but facilities workers may not need to communicate in English often. Prohibiting a worker from not using his or her native language at work may be a form of discrimination.

If you believe you have suffered injustice in the form of workplace discrimination, speak with a seasoned New York City discrimination lawyer right away. Do not let the statute of limitations run out on your employment discrimination case – contact an attorney today.

New York & New Jersey Employment Discrimination lawyers are ready to take your case

If you are unsure if your situation qualifies as national origin, race, or religious discrimination, let a employment discrimination attorney at the Derek T. Smith Law Group, PLLC review your discrimination case for free. We offer no-cost, no-obligation consultations to prospective clients in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Our employment law firm operates on a contingency fee basis – if we fail to recover money on your behalf, we do not get paid. Contact us at 212-587-0760 or toll-free at 1-877-4NYLAWS, or fill out a contact form at the top right of this page and click submit.

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