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Under Ohio Revised Code § 4112.02, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Civil Rights Act of 1866, it is illegal for employer to discriminate against an employee because of the employee’s national origin or ethnic background.  But, does it protect employees whose national origin is the United States of America? Yes. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions has stated: “National origin discrimination means treating someone less favorably because he or she is from a particular place,” but does not state that place has to be somewhere outside the United States.

A great example, is the $334,000 that PBM Graphics, Inc. agreed to settle a claim that it its regular “core group” of temporary were Hispanic and generally excluded, and thus, discriminated against, non-Hispanic workers. The EEOC’s complaint alleged that about 50 to75 persons were part of this core group, which was disproportionately Hispanic, to the exclusion of similarly qualified non-Latino temporary workers.   As such, it appears that claims will stand for treating a group more favorably because they are from a particular place.

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