How is national origin discrimination defined?

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEO), national origin discrimination is treating job applicants or employees “unfavorably because they are from a particular country or part of the world, because of ethnicity or accent, or because they appear to be of a certain ethnic background (even if they are not).”

Treating people unfavorably because they are married to or associated with a person of a particular national origin can also qualify as discrimination, according to the EEOC.

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