While most employees in California realize that discrimination is illegal, there are many things about this crime that are misunderstood. One of these is the fact that there are multiple kinds of discrimination. One type that is not as well-known is national origin discrimination. We at the Law Office of Jeffrey D. Fulton can defend your rights and work to help you fight against any type of discrimination that you may encounter in the workplace.
According to WorkplaceFairness.org, any discrimination based on your national origin is illegal. This could occur because you are from another nation, married to or associated with someone from another nation, or exhibit the cultural and physical traits of a foreign area, including your clothing, artwork or skin color. Any harassment because you are associated with a certain ethnic or religious group is also illegal.
One important thing to know about this topic is that several different groups are protected under this law, including authorized non-citizens, U.S. nationals and U.S. citizens. Even if you are not an employee of a certain corporation, you can be protected from any discrimination made while you are applying for a position.
While it is completely legal for hiring managers to ask about your country of origin, it should always be optional for you to reply. Some businesses may ask this question in order to comply with government contracting requirements or encourage diversity, but you should not be asked about your citizenship during a job interview. For more information on national origin discrimination, please visit our web page.