What does National Origin protected class status mean?

National origin* is defined as an individual from a particular country, region within a country, or region that spans multiple countries, as well as an individual of a particular birthplace, ethnicity, culture, ancestry, or speaks a particular language.

It is against policy for an employer and/or individual to discriminate against an individual because of their national origin. Requirements, such as fluency in English, in employment policy must be deemed a business necessity and are allowed if it is to ensure the safe or efficient operation of a particular business and in place for nondiscriminatory purposes.

*National origin as defined by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Fair Housing Act.

National Origin Discrimination

Conduct that is directed at an individual because of their national origin (protected class) and that subjects the individual to differential treatment so as to interfere with or limit the ability of the individual to participate in, or benefit from, the services, activities, or privileges.

National Origin Harassment

Verbal or physical conduct that is directed at an individual because of their national origin (protected class), and that is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent so as to have the purpose or effect of creating a hostile work or educational environment.

Target of Discrimination or Harassment

If you feel physically threatened, remove yourself from the situation and seek help immediately from University Security at 389-2111, or dial 911 for the Mankato Police Department. If the situation is not physically threatening, and you feel comfortable talking to the individual.

Can Discrimination or Harassment Happen to You?

Discrimination or harassment can occur in a variety of relationships, including faculty - student, supervisor - employee, student - student, employee - employee, and other relationships with persons having business with or visiting the campus.

Investigation of Discrimination and/or Harassment Complaints

Minnesota State Mankato is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment and educational opportunity. Equal Opportunity & Title IX, under Board Policy 1B.1 Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination in Employment and Education, assists students/employees.

Retaliation Prohibited

Retaliation is prohibited by Minnesota State Mankato. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, intentionally engaging in any form of intimidation, reprisal or harassment against an individual because that individual made a complaint under the 1B.1 Nondiscrimination Policy.