EEOC Updates National Origin Discrimination Guidance; Adds Q/A, Small Business Fact Sheet

Just in time for Thanksgiving week comes the news todaytoday from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that it has issued new guidance on national origin discrimination in employment.

The updated enforcement guidance on national origin discrimination replaces the agency’s 2002 compliance manual section on that subject.

To accompany the guidance the EEOC also issued two short user-friendly resource documents: a question-and-answer publication on the guidance document and a small business fact sheet that highlights the major points in the guidance in plain language.

The enforcement guidance on national origin discrimination discusses Title VII’s prohibition on national origin discrimination as applied to a wide variety of employment situations and highlights promising practices for employers to prevent discrimination.

The guidance also addresses developments in the courts since 2002, as well as topics such as job segregation, human trafficking and intersectional discrimination.

Charges of national origin discrimination comprise about one in 10 of all filed charges.

In fiscal year 2015, approximately 11 percent of the 89,385 private sector charges filed with EEOC alleged national origin discrimination.  These charges alleged a wide variety of Title VII violations, including unlawful failure to hire, termination, language-related issues, and harassment.

The EEOC issued draft guidance, asking for public input, in June. About 20 individuals and organizations provided feedback, the commission said in today’s announcement.

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