Austin National Origin Discrimination Attorney
Since the beginning of our country’s history, immigrants and foreigners have faced prejudice, unfounded stereotypes, and discrimination when working or looking for a job. Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 finally made it illegal to discriminate a person because of his or her national origin. This applies to immigrants, descendents of immigrants, and American Indians – in other words, it applies to everybody.
What is a Hostile Work Environment?
Unfortunately, some people still hold on to old prejudices and even mistreat their co-workers for that reason. A person experiencing a hostile work environment because of prejudice against their nation of origin may experience the following:
- Jokes, gestures and pictures meant to insult a particular nationality
- Being teased or insulted because of his or her accent
- Endorsement of stereotypes about one or more nationalities
- Being unfairly targeted for discipline or passed over for promotion
- Unwelcome discussion of his or her nationality
Title VII is not intended to protect people against simple rudeness or isolated occurrences that are not severe. In order to legally qualify as hostile, employees’ behavior must be deliberately offensive and hostile or physically intimidating. It must also occur frequently over a span of time.
Additionally, a hostile work environment complaint can only be filed if the problem was reported to a manager who failed to address it effectively.
Confronting a Hostile Work Environment
An experienced and aggressive hostile work environment employment lawyer can help you fight discriminatory hostile work environments. Austin hostile work environment attorneys The Melton Law Firm are dedicated to preserving the employment rights of all people. We believe in equality, respect and justice.
If you are experiencing a hostile work environment because of your national origin, you need to meet with an attorney as soon as possible. Contact Austin national origin discrimination lawyers The Melton Law Firm today at 512-330-0017.