National origin discrimination means treating someone less favorably because he or she is from a particular place, because of his or her ethnicity or accent, or because it is believed that he or she has a particular ethnic background. National origin discrimination also means treating someone less favorably at work because of marriage or other association with someone of a particular nationality.
National origin discrimination can manifest itself in a number of ways such as English fluency and English-only rules as well as ethnic slurs. Whatever the basis of the discrimination, your employer may not take adverse action against you because of your national origin. This also includes harassment such as name calling or abuse because of your national origin. Also, like the other anti-discrimination laws, the national origin discrimination rules also prohibit retaliation against you for complaining about national origin discrimination or for participating in someone else’s national origin discrimination case.