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Discrimination > National Origin/Ethnicity

State and federal laws prohibit different terms or conditions of employment based on race, color, national origin or ethnicity. An employer may not provide separate facilities, unequal benefits or unequal opportunities because of race, color, national origin or ethnicity.  (See What is discrimination section)

Association with Persons of Another Race

An employer may not discriminate against an individual because that person associates with members of a particular race, color or national origin.

It is unlawful to discharge, to refuse to hire or otherwise to discriminate against an individual who is associated with a group that promotes racial, religious or national group interests, even if that person is not a member of that racial, religious or national group.

Definition of National Origin

The term “national origin” is not defined under federal law. State law, ORS 659.010(10) simply states, “National origin includes ancestry.”  Discrimination on the basis of national origin may be found if one is denied an employment opportunity because:

  • The individual or the individual´s forebears came from a particular country.
  • The individual possesses a particular ancestry, heritage or background.
  • The individual´s name or the name of the individual´s spouse reflects a certain national origin.


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