EEOC Updates Guidance on National Origin Discrimination

Last week, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued updated enforcement guidance on national origin discrimination to replace its 2002 compliance manual section on that subject.

The EEOC also issued two resource documents to accompany the guidance: 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.

According to the EEOC, in fiscal year 2015, approximately 11 percent of the 89,385 private-sector charges filed with the agency 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.