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Telebriefs®: EEOC Issues Enforcement Guidance on National Origin Discrimination

shutterstock_149247905Recently, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published a press release updating its enforcement guidance on national origin discrimination to replace its version from 2002. As defined by the EEOC, “national origin discrimination means discrimination because an individual (or his or her ancestors) is from a certain place or shares the physical, cultural, or language characteristics of a national origin (ethnic) group”. The enforcement guidance addresses important legal issues that employers must consider in assuring that its employment policies do not impermissibly discriminate against applicants/employees on the basis of national origin. For example, the EEOC with regard to language issues such as “English only” policies advises that it is illegal to make an employment decision based on accent, “unless the ability to communicate in spoken English is required to perform job duties effectively and the individual’s accent materially interferes with that job performance”. To learn more about what this enforcement guidance includes, listen to this week’s Telebrief here.


Also in this week’s Labor and Employment Telebrief:  the national injunction against the enforcement of the Department of Labor’s previously announced changes to the white collar exemptions rule and the preliminary injunction issued against the DOL’s Persuader Rule.



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Howard Kurman websiteHoward K. Kurman is an employment attorney. Mr. Kurman regularly counsels clients on all aspects of proactive employment/labor issues. He represents employers ranging in size from as small as 20 employees to those employers with geographically disparate locations consisting of over 4,000 employees. Mr. Kurman assures, through regular contact with his clients, that they promulgate and maintain the most effective employment policies that will, to the extent possible, minimize their legal exposure in today’s litigious workplace. Mr. Kurman offers advice on employee handbooks, employment agreements, and covenants not to compete as well as confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements. Previously, Mr. Kurman was the chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group.

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