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National & Ethnic Origin

Pursuant to both federal and Montana law, the University does not discriminate on the basis of national origin.  National origin discrimination is the denial of privileges or benefits of education or employment, or the denial of the opportunity to participate in university activities, because of an individual’s national origin.  As described by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), this type of discrimination occurs when an individual is treated unfavorably because he or she is, or appears to be, of a certain ethnic background or from a certain country or part of the world.  Discrimination on the basis of an individual’s accent is also forbidden, unless the individual’s accent is so heavy that it hinders the communication necessary to perform a particular job effectively.

As the EEOC points out, national origin discrimination is not necessarily isolated to unfair treatment of an individual because of that individual’s national origin, but can also occur when the individual is subject to discrimination because he or she is married to or associated with a person of a certain national origin.

The University does not discriminate on the basis of national origin, but it does have the right to verify that an employee is authorized to work in the United States.