Origin discrimination

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Origin discrimination

I am Canadian with a green card. I have
a manager who constantly says I wish
these fucking Canadians would leave. I
hope this ducking Canadian gets out. I
tried to take it to my general manager
he wouldn’t listen. Now I have taking
it to the human resources but I feel as
though they may do nothing. Where do
I go from here, can I sue on my status
of national orgin

Asked on December 7, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Illinois

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes, what you describe is national origin based harassment or discrimination, and so is illegal. You could sue or else file a complaint with the federal EEOC or your state equal/civil rights agency, both of which enforce the anti-discrimination-in-employment laws. However, if there are just harassing oral comments and no negative job action (not passed over for a promtion; not given a worse shift; not paid less than a non-Canadian with the same qualifications doing the same job; etc.), it may not be worth taking action: the amount of compensation you can get is related to the damages or injuries or losses you suffer, and some harassing comments, by themselves, are not worth much economically.


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