National Origin Discrimination

Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, employers of 15 or more employees are prohibited from discriminating against job applicants or employees because of national origin with regard to any aspect of employment such as hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoffs, training, benefits and any other term or condition of employment.

National Origin Discrimination May Include Unfavorable Treatment Because of:

  • Birthplace or origin in another country or another part of the world
  • Ethnicity, ancestry, customs or culture
  • Citizenship status
  • Language or accent
  • Marriage to or association with a person of a particular national origin, ethnic group or family name associated with a national origin

Discrimination may also happen when the victim and the perpetrator are both of the same national origin.


It is unlawful to harass employees because of their national origin. Harassment includes behavior such as offensive or derogatory remarks about a person's national origin, accent or ethnicity. This harassment is illegal when it is frequent or severe enough to create a hostile or offensive work environment or when it results in an adverse employment action (such as the victim being fired or demoted).

A hostile work environment based on national origin may include ethnic slurs, workplace graffiti, physical violence or other offensive conduct directed towards an employee because of birthplace, ethnicity, culture, language, dress or foreign accent. Employers are required to take appropriate steps to prevent and correct unlawful harassment.

Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, private sector employees must file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) within 180 calendar days of a discriminatory action. You will forfeit important legal rights if you do not file a timely charge with the EEOC. If you’ve already missed a deadline, call to discuss your options.

If you’ve been subjected to national origin discrimination, contact Rich Daugherty. He will fight to protect your rights.

Whether your employment has been wrongfully terminated, you’re in fear of losing your job unlawfully, or you’re stuck in an untenable situation, contact Rich. He will be by your side every step of the way to reach a fair resolution of your case. In addition to litigating cases, Rich has negotiated confidential severance agreements favorable to his clients.

Rich offers a one-on-one relationship with his clients. When you contact his office, you will speak directly with him.

You can arrange for an initial phone conference at no charge.

Rich represents clients from across North Carolina, including Raleigh, Durham, Wilmington, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Charlotte, and more. He is available to meet with prospective clients outside of Chapel Hill when circumstances permit. Evening appointments are also available.

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