Ethnic Discrimination & Harassment

Discrimination and Harassment Based on National Origin and Ethnicity

Discrimination and Harassment Based on National Origin and Ethnicity is Illegal

All workers have rights in the United States. You are protected against discrimination, harassment, and other types of illegal treatment. Unfortunately, foreign workers are frequently subjected to discrimination or harassment in the workplace. Ethnic discrimination is unacceptable. If you were treated worse than your coworkers because of your ethnicity, your legal rights were violated. You need an attorney. 

At Zatuchni & Associates, our New Jersey ethnic discrimination & harassment attorneys have seen and taken every type of national origin discrimination case. We also take complaints from groups of foreign employees who are all being treated unfairly in the workplace due to their immigration or foreign national status. If you think you are being treated unfairly or unlawfully, talk to a New Jersey discrimination lawyer today about your case. We can advise you about legal remedies for your situation, and we offer free consultations.

Workers are Protected Against Ethnic Discrimination Under State and Federal Law

Ethnic discrimination is similar, but not identical to racial discrimination and national origin discrimination. The term ‘ethnicity’ refers to a wide range of different traits that are common to people among certain backgrounds, such as race, language, religion, and other cultural practices. An employer should never treat you worse because of preconceived notions or stereotypes about your ethnic background. Employees are protected against ethnic discrimination under both federal law (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964) and state law (New Jersey Law Against Discrimination). You may have been the victim of ethnic discrimination in the workplace if: 

  • You were denied a position or promotion that you were qualified for;
  • You were paid less than similarly qualified coworkers of other backgrounds;
  • You were fired, terminated, or otherwise mistreated; or
  • You were subject to ethnic-based harassment in the workplace. 

Know Your Right to File a Discrimination Complaint: Retaliation Claims

You have the right to report and complain about ethnic discrimination—both formally and informally. An employer cannot take adverse action against an employee simply because they exercised their rights under the law. Unfortunately, some companies and organizations do unlawfully punish workers. This is known as ‘retaliation’ and it is illegal. 

If you were fired, given worse work hours, demoted, or lost income because you complained about ethnic discrimination, religious discrimination, national origin discrimination, harassment, or unequal pay, you may be able to sue your employer. Contact a lawyer at Zatuchni & Associates if you are facing abuse or retaliation. You have rights in your workplace. Our New Jersey retaliation lawyer is standing by, ready to help you get justice and accountability. 

An Overview of Our Cases: Ethnic Discrimination

Our law firm handles the full range of workplace discrimination claims. In handling ethnic and national origin discrimination cases, our New Jersey employment attorneys have assisted employees in many different circumstances. 

  • We have worked with Muslim clients from Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan, and India; 
  • We have represented African workers, including many from Kenya and Nigeria; and
  • We frequently represent South American immigrant workers from Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. 

No matter your circumstances and your background, we are more than prepared to help. Ethnic and national origin discrimination can occur in any industry. Many of our clients asserting national origin discrimination claims work in service industries — hotels and restaurants — as well as landscaping companies, construction companies, large retail stores, and factories.

See also: Human Resources: Do’s and Don’ts of Reporting Discrimination or Unlawful Harassment

You Can Rely On New Jersey Workplace Discrimination Attorney David Zatuchni

Ethnic discrimination claims are complicated. You need a top-rated employment attorney on your side. Our founding attorney David Zatuchni has decades of experience in employment law and focuses on workplace discrimination claims. When you reach out to our office, you will have a chance to consult with a New Jersey ethnic discrimination attorney who can: 

  • Conduct a free, comprehensive review of your workplace discrimination claim;
  • Answer your questions and explain your labor rights; 
  • Investigate the matter—obtaining evidence and information; and
  • Take whatever action is necessary to get you the best possible outcome.  

We are committed to handling every workplace discrimination claim with the focus, care, and personal attention that it deserves. Our employment law team has a proven record of successful verdicts and settlements across a wide range of cases. To learn more about starting the legal process, check out our page on Bringing a Discrimination Claim.

Get Help with Your Ethnic Discrimination Claim Today

At Zatuchni & Associates, our New Jersey employment law attorneys( have extensive experience handling ethnic discrimination claims. Our mission is to successfully resolve claims on behalf of workers. Please contact us with any questions and we will be happy to assist you. Initial consultations are free and strictly confidential. With legal offices in Lambertville and Morristown, we are well-positioned to represent employees throughout New Jersey.

Areas Served:

Our ethnic discrimination lawyers offer legal services in the following cities and counties in New Jersey:

Cities & Towns:

Hackensack, Newark, Morristown, Jersey City, Flemington, Lambertville, Princeton, Trenton, Edison, New Brunswick, Woodbridge Township, Bridgewater Township, Elizabeth


Bergen County, Essex County, Morris County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Somerset County, Union County