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Victims of national origin discrimination may have legal recourse

Many people leave their home countries to come to America for permanent or temporary job opportunities. They do this to better their personal and familial situations. Unfortunately, some who have made Colorado their home find that national origin discrimination is sometimes an issue. What can they do if it is and can they seek compensation for any losses they have experienced as a result?

There are actually strict laws in place that are meant to deter workplace discrimination such as this. It is unfortunate that many people still fall victim to it, however. When they do, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, they may have legal recourse.

What are some examples of national origin discrimination? Sadly, there are many different ways in which employers or fellow co-workers may discriminate based on nationality. These include:

  • Refusing to hire
  • Firing
  • Failing to offer benefits
  • Failing to provide fair pay
  • Refusing to promote
  • Making offensive remarks about one's nationality or accent
  • Frequent harassment

Colorado residents who have experienced any form of national origin discrimination in the workplace may be entitled to pursue legal actions against those responsible. In doing so, they may seek compensation for any damages they have sustained as a result -- such as income and/or benefit loss and relief for psychological damages as well. Those who believe they are victims of this type of discrimination may turn to an experienced employment law attorney for assistance. After a careful review of one's case, legal claims may be filed and litigated if doing so is deemed appropriate.

Source: eeoc.gov, "National Origin Discrimination", Accessed on June 7, 2017

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