Immigrants from many nations and United States citizens of nearly every ethnic background are essential contributors to California companies. Sadly, however, workers who look, speak or dress differently than what is perceived as the "norm" often face harassment and discrimination that hold them back financially and create severe emotional stress.
Your national origin — along with your ethnic background, religion and more — is a protected characteristic under both United States federal and California state employment laws. This means that you may well have a valid claim or lawsuit, with the potential to recover substantial damages from your employer, if you suffer discrimination or harassment based on your nationality.
Employment discrimination based on national origin affects people of many different backgrounds. The perpetrators of this form of workplace discrimination themselves are not only whites of European descent. Historically, numerous prominent lawsuits have been brought by the EEOC and private law firms on behalf of people of Mexican or other Hispanic descent, Chinese or other Asian descent and other individuals and classes. Today, people from Middle Eastern nations such as Iraq and Saudi Arabia are increasingly mistreated at work as well.
We have seen a number of cases in which Mexicans mistreat Salvadorians, Latin Americans mistreat Central American workers they believe are too vocal on employee rights issues, Koreans mistreat Mexicans, and Americans are mistreated by immigrant employers.
Discriminatory employment situations that call for a consultation with a proven Los Angeles employment lawyer such as our founder Karl Gerber include:
Being wrongfully fired or denied promotion because of your national origin or heritage
Being fired or forced to quit for reporting discrimination, filing a complaint or cooperating with an investigation
Subjection to a pattern of offensive or unfair treatment; often including name-calling, circulation of offensive e-mails or documents, or other discriminatory actions tolerated or encouraged by your employer
$200,000 settlement in the Van Nuys pest control field subjected to offensive remarks about persons of Latin origins
$150,000 settlement for anti-Black racial harassment in Wilmington
$102,500 settlement for Indian man discriminated against by Koreans
Our founding attorney Karl Gerber has handled many cases with elements of national origin discrimination among more than 1,530 matters resolved favorably since 1993. If you have a valid, significant case, Mr. Gerber and our entire legal team are here to help you get the compensation you deserve by the most viable and efficient path available.
To request a consultation, call 877-525-0700 toll free or send us an e-mail inquiry today. We have Spanish speakers available and the ability to accommodate and represent people of any national origin and any field of employment, statewide in California.