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If you have been discriminated against in the workplace based on national origin, you may be able to take legal action against your employer. Contact a national origin discrimination lawyer in Florida.

As a job applicant or employee in Florida, you are entitled by law to be free from discrimination on the basis of where you come from. This also applies to many other types of discrimination.

If you are being treated (or have been treated) differently by your employer (or prospective employer) because of where you come from, this is against the law.

You can put a stop to it and potentially receive compensation for discrimination.

As a Florida national origin discrimination lawyer, we can help you:

  • Understand your rights according to state and federal laws
  • Assess whether you have a legitimate discrimination complaint
  • Pursue legal action if you have been discriminated against based on your nation of origin


The laws against discriminating on the basis of national origin cover the following:

  • Birthplace (country or area of the world)
  • Ancestry or ethnicity
  • Culture
  • Language or accent (“linguistic characteristics common to a specific ethnic group”)

It is unlawful for your employer or coworker, or anyone looking to recruit for a job, to discriminate against you on the basis of any of the above.

You are protected according to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and as laid out here by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

These laws apply even if:

  • You appear to be of a particular ethnic origin (but are not) and are treated differently because of it
  • You are treated unfavorably because you are married to (or associated with) a person of a certain national origin
  • You are discriminated against by someone of the same national or ethnic origin as you


The laws cover (but are not limited to) instances of the following:

  • Making statements or specifications of national origin when recruiting for a job
  • Stipulating that employees must speak only English in the workplace (unless adequately demonstrated that this is necessary for conducting business and employees are duly informed about the rule)
  • Refusing to promote or give similar job assignments or titles to people of certain national origins
  • Providing lower compensation (wages, salaries, benefits) for people of certain national origins than for others
  • Denying training or benefits that are offered to employees of other national origins
  • Retaliating against someone who makes a complaint or files charges of national origin discrimination against the employer

Unfortunately, national origin discrimination levels are high in the U.S.

In Florida, for instance, if an employer rules that no Spanish is to be spoken in the workplace, it is unacceptable and against the law.


Discrimination and harassment in the workplace are different but both are unlawful.

  • Discrimination: being treated differently to others on the basis of national origin or other prohibited categories.
  • Harassment: being mistreated by another person based on national origin or other prohibited categories.

Harassment on the basis of national origin violates both federal and Florida state law.

Offensive or derogatory remarks, ethnic slurs, or racist jokes should not be tolerated any more than physical threats should be.


National origin discrimination might be clear and obvious, such as:

  • Not hiring a candidate for a job because they have a Middle Eastern appearance
  • Paying an immigrant lower wages than another employee who does exactly the same work
  • Consistently passing over a well-qualified candidate for promotion because of their Central American ancestry

However, discrimination can be more subtle too.

It could be denying training or personal development opportunities or denying certain benefits for some ethnic groups.

People who feel that they are being treated differently to other coworkers in their organization because of where they come from can face:

  • Restricted career advancement
  • Financial handicaps
  • Health and wellbeing issues

It is important to call out national origin discrimination for what it is.

You are entitled to stand up for your rights and you will be protected from being retaliated against by Florida’s employment discrimination laws.

There is no need to fear losing your job. Seek the right legal advice beforehand and you can protect yourself.


If you have been discriminated against in the workplace based on national origin, you may be able to take legal action that requires your employer to:

  • Take action to restore you to the same position you would have been in if the discrimination had not taken place
  • Pay damages to compensate you for back pay, benefits, emotional distress, suffering, and so on
  • Prevent future acts of discrimination

If you are just starting to experience national origin discrimination, keep a record of the instances when it occurs and try to make a note of potential witnesses amongst your coworkers.

As an experienced Florida national origin discrimination attorney, we can help assess your case.

If pursuing legal action is the right option, I will help you take the necessary steps to build your case.


From here, we need to:

  1. Assess your claim. Start by booking a free phone consultation below.
  2. Decide whether to pursue a complaint after our consultation.
  3. File a complaint or lawsuit with a local or federal agency, or state or federal court.
  4. Prepare the paperwork so that we can draft the complaint or lawsuit.

Our experienced legal team also handles clients with other types of discrimination cases, including:

Contact our law firm Brenton Legal P.A. today.

Our experienced legal team also handles clients with other types of employment cases, including:

Overtime/Unpaid wages,
Workplace discrimination
Whistleblower protection
Workplace harassment
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