As an unfortunate post-911 result, anti-immigration sentiment and discrimination
against those based on their national origin has dramatically increased.
National origin discrimination means treating someone differently – and negatively – based
on his or her ethnicity. It may include such actions subjecting someone
to ethnic slurs or jokes, making fun of one’s accent or having English
only rules. It may also apply to job actions such as not hiring, firing
or not being promoted as a result of your national origin.
In a recent example of
discrimination based on ethnicity, an Iranian American – Hossein Zeinali – was denied security
clearance by the Department of Defense and given a lower level job at
Raytheon, Co.. Raytheon then fired him, claiming that the termination
was based in part on his lack of security clearance. Zeinali then filed
a lawsuit alleging race and national origin discrimination.
On appeal, a California court found that firing Zeinali for his lack of
security clearance was “pretext,” i.e. an excuse that masks
an underlying discriminatory motive. Here, two other employees not of
Iranian or Middle Eastern who were also denied security clearance did
not lose their jobs. As a result, Zeinali was allowed to continue with
his lawsuit against Raytheon.
For more information or if you believe that you have been subjected to
bias at work because of your national origin, please contact the dedicated
Atlanta employment rights attorneys at The Buckley Law Firm, LLC. Our Georgia law firm is firmly dedicated
to protecting employees from work place discrimination.