A person’s national origin is defined as the nation or region where a person is born. The term can also apply to persons whose accent or ethnicity gives the appearance of being in a particular nation or region.
National origin is one of several characteristics designated as a protected class. Some classes of people are called “protected” because they come under the purview of many state and federal laws that make it unlawful to discriminate because in any of the following: housing, education, employment, and accommodation. In addition, race, color, age, sex, people with a disability, military status and religion are additional classes often protected by law.
Due in part to the heightened vigilance placed on terrorism and the hiring of undocumented and documented immigrants, claims of discrimination based because of national origin are on the increase. Examples of the kinds of discrimination people allege as unfair include individuals being denied jobs because of their accent and the employers’ assumption they cannot read or write English. Some people are unfairly treated while traveling because of their cultural attire or appearance. For example, when people are discriminated against because they look Middle Eastern or are speaking a language that is not commonly heard or understood.
If you believe you have been discriminated against because of your national origin or your accent or appearance, you may have legal recourse. An attorney experienced in discrimination law will be able to help you through this difficult situation by:
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