Written by attorney Frank Michael Malatesta


In the wake of the "Muslim ban" from the POTUS, I wanted to identify how the law protects immigrants in the workplace. Unlawful national origin discrimination may include discrimination because of a person's looks, customs, or language. It isn't necessary for a person to show that his or her ancestors are from a particular country or region to prove national origin discrimination. A claim can be proven if a person is discriminated against for having the characteristics for a different group. For example, a person might mistakenly be thought to be Haitian and may be discriminated against based on certain characteristics, even though he is not actually Haitian. Similarly, a person may be perceived as being foreign born or of foreign ancestry and may be discriminated against in violation of the law.

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