National origin refers to a person’s ancestry, birthplace, culture, or language. The City’s Human Rights Law bars discrimination based on the country where you or your ancestors came from, your ethnic identity (such as Hispanic, Puja, or Kurd), because you speak a foreign language, or because you appear to be from another country.
Discrimination based on national origin can also be race, creed, alienage or citizenship status, or color discrimination.
Discrimination means being treated differently. For example, a building owner or representative (such as a realtor or superintendent) is discriminating if they treat you differently because you or your family came from another country or you have a name or accent associated with a particular ethnic group.
These behaviors, policies, or practices could be evidence of discrimination:
The Law also prohibits retaliation if you file a discrimination complaint against someone, or act as a witness for someone else who files a complaint.
- Being asked to produce your green card or any document to verify your citizenship or immigration status;
- Being asked, “Where were you born?” or “What is your religion?”
- Being told “You will feel comfortable here because there are others like you in the building.”
- Being told the ethnicity of the owner of a building to discourage you from applying. For example, a Palestinian family being told that the owner is Jewish.