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U.S. immigration law addresses workplace discrimination

In Georgia and throughout the United States, there are specific laws governing matters involving discrimination in the workplace. Many have sought clarification on how U.S. immigration law might affect particular situations. Recently, the Department of Justice took steps to make it easier for immigrants to seek help when needed.

Workers who are being discriminated against on the job because of their national origins or immigration statuses may wish to file complaints. Doing so can become a daunting experience, especially for those to whom language poses a barrier. The Department of Justice has reportedly taken steps to make the process easier for immigrants of various ethnic backgrounds.

Whether a permanent resident, a person seeking asylum, a temporary resident or a citizen, a person can now go online to file a report with the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices to act against workplace discrimination based on ethnicity. The government announced that the website has been updated to include at least 11 different language options. This new system is designed to make the process easier for those whose primary language is something other than English.

Chinese, French, Haitian, Russian and Portuguese are among the many languages available as options to those filing discrimination complaints online. A Georgia resident logging onto the internet to file a complaint regarding unfair treatment in the workplace may be relieved to see that options are currently available in his or her native language. U.S. immigration law is complex. Understanding how it may apply to a particular situation in the workplace may be made easier by seeking clarification through a legal advocate who is well versed in immigration law.

Source: dailycaller.com, "DOJ Accepting Employment Discrimination Complaints In 11 Languages", Caroline May, Sept.27, 2016

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