National origin, language & religion: Legally managing diversity at work

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by Mark S. Mathison, Esq., Gray Plant Mooty, Minneapolis

National-origin and religious diversity continues to increase in communities and workplaces through­­out Minnesota and across the country. With such diversity comes corresponding diversity in language, culture and religious practice. Federal and state laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of these factors.

To achieve compliance and prevent successful discrimination claims (which could involve class-action exposure), employers must be attuned to workplace issues around national origin, religion and race. For most employers, this means training management and HR personnel to carefully consider their policy-making and daily decisions that can affect such issues.

National-origin discrimination

Under the law of national-origin discrimination, a person may not be lawfully denied employment opportunity because of birthplace, ancestry, culture or linguistic characteristics...(register to read more)

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