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In recent months, there are a number of reasons why some people are worried about the prevalence of national origin discrimination. Some employees may fear that current events and controversies increase the likelihood of them experiencing national origin discrimination, such as those who have immigrated to the United States for work. As a result, it may be helpful for immigrants In Nebraska with these concerns to go over statistics on this form of discrimination.

On their website, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission provides a breakdown of statistical information related to national origin discrimination receipts filed with the agency. According to the EEOC, there were far more national origin charges filed in fiscal year 2016 (9,840) when compared to fiscal year 1997 (6,712). The number of national origin discrimination receipts received by the EEOC declined slightly in comparison to fiscal year 2011, when there were more than 11,800 receipts. However, the number remains unacceptably high. It is also important to point out that these statistics do not count charges that were filed at the local or state level, so the actual number of national origin discrimination charges is even higher.

If you have experienced discrimination because of your national origin, or have observed this unlawful activity at your place of work, you should not be afraid to speak out. Regrettably, it continues to happen more often than it should, leaving those who have immigrated to the U.S. for work as well as people who were born in the U.S. with all sorts of hurdles to overcome.

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