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5 signs of origin discrimination

Discrimination happens in many subtle ways, even in a diverse world.

Origin discrimination is one of these types, where people get treated unfairly because of where they were born or their cultural background. It is important to notice these signs to make workplaces where everyone feels important and respected.

1. Unequal access to opportunities

A clear sign of origin discrimination is when some people or groups do not get the same chances. For instance, if employees from one country infrequently get promoted, assigned international jobs or have opportunities to learn new skills, it might be because of where they come from.

2. Microaggressions and stereotyping

Microaggressions are subtle, everyday behaviors or comments that perpetuate stereotypes and prejudices. Employees may experience these microaggressions in the form of jokes, comments or assumptions about their nationality or place of origin.

3. Unequal pay disparities

Another clear sign of origin discrimination is unequal pay disparities among employees with similar roles and responsibilities. When individuals from certain regions or countries consistently earn less than their colleagues for no justifiable reason, it may indicate discrimination.

4. Limited networking and mentorship opportunities

In a diverse workplace, employees need to have opportunities to network and receive mentorship. However, origin discrimination can manifest when certain groups face exclusion from these valuable interactions.

5. Disproportionate workload or isolation

Discrimination based on origin can also manifest in the form of unequal workloads or isolation. Some employees may be unfairly burdened with excessive work responsibilities, while others are consistently left with minimal tasks.

Discrimination continues to happen in the workplace, including origin discrimination. Sadly, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received 73,485 new discrimination charges in FY 2022.