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Growing Immigrant Communities Face Increased Employment Discrimination

By Marielena Hincapié

Concerns about security, mistrust of immigrants, and suspicions regarding the reliability of immigration documents since the tragic events of September 11 have affected the workplace, where immigrants and citizens of different ethnicities and national origins, particularly those perceived to be Middle Eastern or South Asian, increasingly are subject to discrimination. Immigrant workers and their legal advocates need to understand the pressing workplace issues that low-wage immigrant workers face, the legal protections available against immigration-related and national-origin employment discrimination, and special considerations for undocumented workers alleging employment discrimination.

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