Immigrants are crucial to the modern American workforce. Those with Green Cards or certain family-based visas may seek jobs to help support themselves and their family. Others enter the country specifically because of their professional skills through a work visa program.
Your employer should evaluate you based on your education, experience and work performance. Your race, your religion, your status as an immigrant and your country of origin should not influence employment decisions. Unfortunately, even skilled and hard-working immigrants can sometimes face inappropriate discrimination on the job.
You should receive the same treatment and opportunities as other workers
Your company should have the same rules and benefits for all employees. Unfortunately, real-world companies often fall far below this standard. Workers can face discrimination at the organizational level because they have trouble keeping their job or securing a promotion. They could also endure a hostile work environment created by co-workers or managers.
You might have a supervisor who constantly references your country of origin in a derisive manner or a co-worker who passes around offensive cartoons in emails to other employees. People might even make jokes at your expense or use racist nicknames for you behind your back.
You should not have to endure either discrimination in employment decisions by your employer or mistreatment from your co-workers because of your race, color, national origin or religion.
You shouldn’t have to endure mistreatment from customers or clients
While your manager and co-workers may treat you with respect, people who patronize the business may not. Anyone from an engineer to a customer service representative could have to interact with a racist client or customer.
Comments about your appearance, your clothing, your country of origin, your accent or even your name because it reflects your culture could all be subtle forms of discrimination. When someone mistreats you because of your race or national origin, you should feel comfortable reporting it to your supervisor so that they can address the issue. Your employer should protect you by reassigning that client or otherwise removing you from an abusive situation.
If your company either actively discriminates against you or doesn’t defend you from discrimination, knowing your rights can help you fight back.