National origin discrimination occurs when an individual is harassed or treated differently due to his or her ancestry, linguistic characteristics, culture or country of birth. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects individuals from being discriminated against due to national origin, and the Immigration and Nationality Act offers additional protections concerning someone’s immigration status. Any employer with at least four employees needs to abide by the laws set forth in the INA. Questions cannot be asked during the interview process regarding someone’s national origin, and a job application cannot force someone to identify his or her race.
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