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Employer need not ignore communication failings related to accent, court says

March 27, 2020

Via: HR Dive

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 forbids discrimination in employment on the basis of national origin, among other characteristics. National origin discrimination involves treating applicants or employees negatively because of their country of origin, ethnicity or accent or because they appear to be of a certain ethnic background, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The Commission has noted that “employment decisions or harassment based on accent may violate Title VII” and that courts require employers to provide evidence, and not unsupported assertions, to explain such actions.

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