Can U.S. Employers Be Liable For Discrimination To Employees Working Overseas?

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In today’s global economy, many U.S. companies are establishing operations outside of the U.S. and moving more of their employees to international locations, in new and different ways. The traditional arrangement of living and working only in a single country is being replaced by overseas assignments to explore new markets, set up or manage offices in foreign jurisdictions, or negotiate with overseas suppliers. With this new reality comes the legal question of whether employees assigned overseas will have the same rights, as those of the employees working in the U.S. to pursue claims if they encounter various types of discrimination on an overseas assignment.