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By Louise Herman

Being discriminated against for any feature or characteristic a person cannot control is despicable, but unfortunately, it happens far more often than you may think, even in today’s day and age. One of the more common types of discrimination we see in the workplace is national origin discrimination. If you believe you were discriminated against due to your national origin, Herman Law Group is here to help. Read on and contact a seasoned Providence, Rhode Island national origin discrimination lawyer from our legal team to learn more about how we can help. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are some examples of national origin discrimination?

The first thing you should understand is that national origin discrimination is defined under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and because of this, it is explicitly prohibited in the workplace. This type of discrimination is defined as when a co-worker or employer discriminates against an employee due to their accent, country of origin, or perceived appearance of being of another national origin. This discrimination also extends to spouses of those of certain national origins. Some common examples of this discrimination in the workplace are as follows:

  • Demoting an employee because of their national origin
  • Docking an employee’s pay because of their national origin
  • Making persistent offensive comments or “jokes,” thereby creating a hostile work environment
  • Firing an employee because of their national origin, or perceived national origin
  • Inquiring about an employee’s national origin on a job application

What should I do if I’m a victim of workplace discrimination?

If you believe you are a victim of workplace discrimination, you should understand that the law is on your side, as discriminating against anyone due to their race or national origin is strictly prohibited. After an incident, or incidents of discrimination, you should speak with your employer or your company’s HR department. If this doesn’t put an end to the discrimination, or your employer is the one discriminating against you, you should strongly consider speaking with a Providence County, Rhode Island employment lawyer who can help you file a discrimination claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Keep in mind that you must file this claim within 180 days of the date the discrimination occurred. Waiting longer than 180 days will likely bar you from suing. If you need an attorney to represent you, give us a call or contact us online today.


If you need help with an employment law matter in the Providence County, Rhode Island area, you can count on Herman Law Group to represent your best interests. To discuss your matter, please contact our firm today.

About the Author
At Herman Law Group, our focus is on safeguarding the rights and careers of employees and businesses alike. With over 35 years of successful legal practice, Louise A. Herman brings an invaluable dual perspective from representing both employees and employers. This unique insight allows us to effectively achieve successful outcomes for our clients in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and nationwide.