In the United States, employers are prohibited from discriminating in any way against a worker or job applicant. Unfortunately, however, discrimination is still present in the workplace. Today, we will talk specifically about a type of discrimination that is common in our country. We refer to discrimination based on a person’s immigration status.
Building a life in a new country can be stressful enough; adjusting to a new culture and possibly a new language can make this even more complex. Even though most immigrants seek work and study opportunities to develop and have a better life, they sometimes encounter adverse situations, such as discrimination.
Many immigrants have been discriminated against due to their immigration status within the country through actions such as:
- Denying a hire
- Offering a lower salary
- Unjustified dismissal
- Different treatment
These actions are illegal and should not be tolerated. In fact, the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate with respect to hiring, firing, recruiting, or referring for a fee based on citizenship or a person’s immigration status. Unfortunately, many people who experience discrimination remain silent for fear of retaliation.
If you are experiencing discrimination at work due to your immigration status, whether by your employer or your co-workers, you should report it. Even if the actions appear to be subtle and minor, such as pranks and jokes, you have the right to sue and demand that your rights be respected.
Remember that no matter where you come from, you are not alone. There are laws that protect you in the workplace, and at Lara & Luna APC, we can accompany you during your legal process.