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Employment Discrimination as Experienced by Filipino Workers

By Edited Feb 10, 2014 0 0

The United States is famous for being the home or second home of people of different races or ancestries, including Filipinos. There are millions of Filipinos in the US; in fact, according to statistics, it was estimated that there are some 3,416,840 Filipinos in the country.

However, despite the relatively large population of Filipinos in the US, they are still considered as belonging to the minority as opposed to Caucasians. Furthermore, they are subjected to different types of discrimination, including workplace discrimination. Certain American employers discriminate against them not because of their work etiquette or discipline but because of their national origin, religion, and color.

National origin discrimination against Filipinos

Many Filipino workers in the US have experienced or are experiencing employment discrimination based on their national origin. Certain employers treat them unfairly just because they are Filipinos and because they use their own local language in conversations.

Additionally, some of them even profile Filipinos as people who are stupid or naive. Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, such discrimination is unlawful. Pursuant to Title VII, employers with 15 or more employees are prohibited from discriminating against employees and applicants because of their race.

Religion discrimination against Filipinos

Many Filipinos are known for their strong devotion to Catholicism or Christianity, and some employers think that their religious beliefs are a liability to their company; hence, discrimination happens. Some employers may develop hostility towards Filipino workers because of the latter’s religious beliefs. However, under Title VII, employment discrimination against a person because of his or her religion or religious convictions is unlawful.

Color discrimination against Filipinos

Filipino people are known for their brown skin color, and some Caucasian employers have bias against people of such skin color. Hence, certain Filipino workers are judged not because of their work performance, but solely because of their skin color. This form of workplace discrimination is in violation of Title VII.

Filipino workers who experienced any form of employment discrimination in the State of California are advised to seek legal assistance from an experienced Los Angeles discrimination attorney. Their lawyer can help them in taking necessary legal actions against their employers.

Additionally, discriminated Filipino employees and applicants in California should file a formal complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the California Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).

Employers must not base their employment decisions on a person’s race, color, national origin, or religion; instead, they should evaluate each employee based on his or her work performance and ability to do work tasks efficiently.

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