Discrimination is prohibited against an employee or potential employee based on race, ethnicity, national origin, and religion.  It is illegal for an employer to use these factors  in hiring, terms and conditions of employment, in promotion, demotion, discipline, failure to accommodate, termination, etc.  Discrimination also takes place when an employee is harassed at work based on these factors.  The harassment must rise above mere race-based or ethnic-based “jokes” and offensive comments. It must rise to the level of  being “severe and pervasive.” You must be offended and act upon it, such as making complaints. However, certain conducts are deems inherently offensive, such as hanging a noose at place of employment to scare an African-American employee.

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