Facing National Origin Harassment at Work?
Our Los Angeles National Origin Discrimination Lawyers May Be Able to Help You
The California Fair Employment and Housing Act protects employees whose origin is outside of the United States. Harassment based on national origin falls under the same guidelines as harassment based on race. Actions indicative of harassment include gestures, written comments and verbal comments. These actions may be about an individual’s clothing, hair, speech or more. If motivated by the employee’s national origin, then it is discriminatory harassment. It is also illegal if it creates a hostile and unwelcoming work environment. Are you facing harassment at work? Consider speaking to our Los Angeles national origin discrimination lawyers about your situation.
Harassment of any kind is difficult to punish. This is because it is difficult to prove that the person made the comments with malicious intent. However, by using statistics from within the workplace, it is possible to obtain enough evidence that the comments were meant to be degrading. These types of cases are subjective. The plaintiff must prove that the comments were in direct relation to his or her national origin. Even if the comments are infrequent, they can still have a damaging effect on employees.
It is important that the employee has made it clear to the offenders that their comments and actions have been unwelcome and that they wish it to stop. This helps the plaintiff’s case. The plaintiff should report the harassment to a supervisor or Human Resources (HR). Employers must take all reasonable actions to prevent harassment in the workplace. Failure to do so creates a liability for the employer. And, there is a greater chance that the case will end in a settlement of some kind of the plaintiff. If the harassment continues even after the employee has discussed it with a supervisor, the complainant will have a stronger case. This is because of the fact that they approached both the violator as well as the supervisor about the harassment.