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Quick Reference Guide for Managers: National Origin

National Origin Includes:

  • birthplace, ancestry, culture or linguistic characteristics common to a specific ethnic group
  • membership or association with specific ethnic promotion groups
  • attendance or participation in schools, churches, temples or mosques generally associated with a national origin group
  • a surname associated with a national origin group

More about national origin

Are English-Only Rules Legal?

If an employer shows it is necessary for conducting business, the rule would be legal. If it is determined that the English-only rule is critical for business purposes, employees have to be told when they must speak English and the consequences for violating the rule.

Can a Person's Accent Inhibit Him or Her from Performing the Job?

An employer must show a legitimate nondiscriminatory reason for the denial of employment opportunity because of an individual's accent or manner of speaking. Requiring employees or applicants to be fluent in English may violate Title VII if the rule is adopted to exclude individuals of a particular national origin and is not related to job performance.

The same rules apply as those listed under Race & Color

  • No disparate treatment.
  • No disparate impact.
  • No harassment.
Manager's Quick Reference Guide - Table of Contents
DoDEA Americas DMEO Contacts

DMEO Program Manager

Phone: 678-364-6655
Blackberry: 678-554-9687
Fax: 770-632-8720

DMEO Counselor

Phone: 678-364-8013
Fax: 770-632-8720

Employees and applicants must contact the EEO Office at: 700 Westpark Drive, 3rd Floor, Peachtree City, GA 30269 (phone numbers above), within 45 days of the discriminating act to begin complaint counseling. EEO counselors assigned to process informal complaints are appointed by the EEO Chief. They are not advocates for management or the complainant, but serve as an impartial third party.


DoDEA Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity (DMEO) Program

EEO Complaint Process

Quick Reference Guide for Managers - Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Allegations

DoDEA EEO Policy

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

DoDEA EEO Regulation 5713.9

EEOC Regulations on Federal Sector EEO, 29 C.F.R. Part 1614

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Website