Sticks and stones can break your bones, but name can make employers pay big money. Egyptian employee, Ahmed Elshenawy was just paid $95,000 by Sierra Pacific Industries after the company did nothing after reports of co-workers calling him “Osama,” “camel jockey,” “f___ing Arabian,” and “Saddam.” Then, in an act of blatant retaliation, the employer fired Elshenawy.
Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act expressly prohibits not any practices that have the effect of discriminating against individuals because of their national origin. Title VII also prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who report harassment claims.
National origin discrimination is defined as treating employees unfavorably because they are from a particular country or region of the world. This incluses adverse treatment based on accent, or even if the employees simply appear to be of a particular ethnic background. National origin discrimination happens when the victim employee and harassing manager are the same national origin.
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