The recent shooting of three Muslim students at the University of North
Carolina, Chapel Hill has brought national attention to the issues of
racial and religious discrimination.
According to reports, the man accused of killing the students had a history
of using “hateful” terms toward the students and exhibiting
significant intolerance. It has not been determined yet whether these
murders will be charged as hate crimes, but it has underscored the need
for anti-discrimination policies to be in place.
Additionally, with the increased news coverage of Muslim radicals engaging
in horrific acts of terror, campuses and places of employment have seen
an increase in anti-Muslim sentiment, and an increase in potentially illegal
national origin discrimination.
National origin discrimination means treating someone less favorably because
he or she is from a particular place, because of his or her ethnicity
or accent, or because it is believed that he or she has a particular ethnic
National origin discrimination also means treating someone less favorably at work because of marriage
or other association with someone of a particular nationality.
National origin discrimination can manifest itself in a number of ways–accent
discrimination, English fluency and English-only rules, and ethnic slurs
are just some of the forms that national origin discrimination can take.
Whatever the basis of the discrimination, your employer may not take adverse
action against you because of your national origin. This also includes
harassment, such as name-calling or abuse because of your national origin.
Also, like the other anti-discrimination laws, the national origin discrimination
rules also prohibit retaliation against you for complaining about national
origin discrimination or for participating in someone else’s national
origin discrimination case.
For more information or if you or a loved one believe that you have suffered
discrimination based on your national origin, please contact the experienced
Georgia employment discrimination lawyers at The Buckley Law Firm, LLP for a immediate consultation.