I am discriminated against at work in Los Angeles because I am not from the U.S. Is that legal?

No, being discriminated against in the workplace because you are not from the U.S. is not legal. That is a type of national origin discrimination, which is illegal under state and federal law. You should speak with an attorney to learn more about your legal options.

Under state and federal law, it is illegal for an employer or someone else in the workplace to harass or take any negative actions against an employee because of that individual’s national origin. National origin includes a person’s birthplace, linguistic or cultural characteristics, or ancestry. Anyone who believes he or she has been discriminated against at work because of national origin can sue for discrimination under state or federal law.

Employers are forbidden from making decisions on who to fire, hire, promote, or give raises or benefits to based on national origin. In addition, employees cannot be harassed based on national origin. Harassment includes offensive jokes, slurs, stereotypes, or other comments. The harassment must be so frequent and serious that if affects the conditions of employment, and doesn’t include simple teasing or an offhand comment.

If you believe that you are the victim of national origin discrimination in Los Angeles, you should speak with an attorney. Call me, Conal Doyle, Los Angeles employment attorney, at 310-385-0567. My team can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.