Employment Discrimination Based on National Origin
The United States has been called a "melting pot" because of its willingness to accept people born in other nations into our society. This principle is enforced by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of national origin.
Employers are required to hire and to employ individuals born in or descended from other countries on the same terms as natural-born American citizens. Employers cannot refuse to hire an individual because he or she is from or is perceived to be from outside the United States. Similarly, employees cannot be subjected to harassment, demotion, termination, or other mistreatment because of their national origin.
Title VII allows individuals who successfully pursue national origin discrimination claims to recover lost wages, damages for emotional distress and/or pain and suffering, and punitive damages. Call attorney Wes Sullenger at (270) 442-4369 to schedule a confidential consultation during which we will evaluate your case and discuss what we can do to help you.