National origin is defined as “characteristic of or peculiar to the people of a nation; of or related to ancestral beginnings.” It includes the origin of the individual and his or her ancestors and possession by an individual of physical, cultural, or linguistic characteristics of a national origin group. National origin discrimination involves subjecting someone to unequal treatment because of his or her country of origin.

Examples of inappropriate conduct based on national origin include, but are not limited to, refusal to hire a qualified individual because of the individual’s national origin and disparaging remarks about an individual’s national origin, including jokes about an individual’s accent or customs.

ECU prohibits harassment and discrimination on the basis of national origin under the Equal Employment Opportunity and ECU’s Notice of Nondiscrimination.