The EEOC’s Enforcement Guidance on National Origin Discrimination

In November 2016, the United States Equal Employment Commission (EEOC) issued an enforcement guidance communicating the Commission’s position on national origin discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended. EEOC Enforcement Guidance on National Origin Discrimination, 2016 WL 7116703 (Nov. 18, 2016), available at (EEOC Guidance). The EEOC Guidance presents the EEOC’s position and interpretation of the law and explains its analysis in situations where the EEOC’s interpretation differs from federal district courts’ application of the law. The EEOC defines national origin discrimination as “discrimination because an individual (or his or her ancestors) is from a certain place or has the physical, cultural, or linguistic characteristics of a particular national origin group.” EEOC Guidance, supra, 2016 WL 7116703, at *3.

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Julie Bruch has written several items for The Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Quarterly (IDC Quarterly). The excerpt above is from the original publication. Follow the link above to read the entire article.

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