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Whether an employee or job applicant’s ancestry is Mexican, Ukrainian, Filipino, Arab, West Indian, or any other nationality, he or she is entitled to the same employment opportunities as anyone else. DDOL enforces the state prohibition against national origin discrimination in employment under the Delaware Discrimination in Employment Act (DDEA), which covers employers with four (4) or more employees.
National origin discrimination means treating someone less favorably because he or she comes from a particular place, because of his or her ethnicity or accent, or because it is believed that he or she has a particular ethnic background. National origin discrimination also means treating someone less favorably at work because of relation to, or association with, someone of a particular nationality. Examples of violations covered under DDEA include:
DDEA prohibits any employment decision, including recruitment, hiring, and firing or layoffs, based on national origin.
DDEA prohibits offensive conduct, such as ethnic slurs, that creates a hostile work environment based on national origin. Employers are required to take appropriate steps to prevent and correct unlawful harassment. Likewise, employees are responsible for reporting harassment at an early stage to prevent its escalation.
Coverage of foreign nationals
DDEA and the other antidiscrimination laws prohibit discrimination against individuals employed in the United States, regardless of citizenship. However, relief may be limited if an individual does not have work authorization.
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