EEOC Proposes National-Origin Bias Guidance

By Jon Hyman

Jun. 9, 2016

I had a post prepared in my brain about the EEOC’s recently published proposed Enforcement Guidance on National Origin Discrimination. And then Robin Shea beat me to the punch. So, instead of recreating the wheel, I am instead directing you to her always excellent Employment & Labor Insider blog, where she shares 25 quick takes (no kidding!) on the EEOC’s proposed guidance.

Perhaps the most important takeaway from this proposed guidance comes not from the guidance itself, but from the EEOC’s presser announcing its publication.

From EEOC Chair Jenny Yang:

No person should face barriers to equal employment opportunity in America simply because of their ethnicity or country of origin. The EEOC has identified protecting immigrant, migrant, and other vulnerable populations as a national strategic priority.

You’ve been warned. National-origin discrimination is a national strategic priority for the EEOC. Take heed, and tread with extra caution where warranted.
Jon Hyman is a partner in the Employment & Labor practice at Wickens Herzer Panza. Contact Hyman at

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