Definition: National Origin Discrimination

As an international institution, the University is enhanced by its many students and employees who reflect a wide variety of national origins. No individual can be denied equal opportunity because of birthplace, ancestry, or cultural or linguistic characteristics common to a specific ethnic group or national origin.

This prohibition includes making employment or academic decisions based on: an individual’s marriage to or association with persons of a particular ethnic group or national origin; participation in organizations, schools, churches, temples, or mosques generally associated with a particular ethnic group or national origin; or surnames associated with a particular ethnicity or national origin. Discriminatory behavior based on national origin often, but not necessarily, involves considerations of race or color discrimination.

As an employer, the University is required to verify that all employees are legally authorized to work in the United States. However, neither national origin nor citizenship status is a legitimate criterion for an employment decision at the University. Hiring authorities should not make judgments about foreign-looking or foreign-sounding applicants, but only ask all applicants if they will be able to demonstrate their authorization to work in the United States at the University of Minnesota by the start date. Asking the basis for the eligibility, such as green card status, is not appropriate.

Contact the International Student and Scholar Services Office for questions on hiring international persons.