On Friday January 27th President Trump signed a sweeping travel ban denying entry to the country by refugees and immigrants from 7 mostly Muslim countries. This executive order is the latest in a series of actions and rhetoric that has fueled an increasing anti-immigrant sentiment. Dubbed the Trump effect, studies have shown increased bullying being reported at school, and substantial anecdotal evidence exists of increased hostility in general against those perceived to be Muslim.
It is important to remember that employment discrimination based on your religion, race or national identity is illegal. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 explicitly prohibits religious discrimination--that means your employer may not discriminate against you "because of" your religious beliefs. Title VII also protects you against race discrimination and national origin discrimination.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has defined National Origin Discrimination as 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 background. National origin discrimination also means treating someone less favorably at work because of marriage or other association with someone of a particular nationality.
The best way to fight back against growing intolerance is to stand up and challenge discriminatory actions. Not only are many forms of discrimination illegal under federal law, retaliation against employees for complaining about discrimination is also prohibited. If you believe you have been targeted at work based on your national origin, race or religion and have suffered discrimination, we can help.
Please contact our experienced Atlanta anti-discrimination lawyers at once for an immediate, confidential consultation. For more information, please contact Buckley Beal, LLP.