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Please let me know for the purpose of filing a complaint with the EEO Officer, are national origin from Vietnam and national origin from the Philippines considered the same national origin? to be more specific, I make my complaint that I am discriminated against based on national origin because I'm from Vietname and my boss and co-worker are from the Philippines, am I considered protected class against discrimination?

Good evening and thank you for entrusting me to answer your question.

The answer is "yes," a discrimination claim can be premised upon your national origin from Vietnam even if the alleged perpetrated of the discrimination is from the Phillipines.

Proving discrimination on the basis of national origin simply requires showing that adverse employment action was taken against you on the basis of your country of origin--it does not matter that the alleged perpetrator is from another close-by Asian country. If your national origin was the basis for adverse action, thatis all that matters.

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