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Melanie and Her Husband Muhammad, of Middle Eastern Descent

Melanie is a white female, and she is married to Muhammad, who is of Middle Eastern descent. She has been employed at The Office Works for 3 weeks. Melanie has been subjected to daily verbal abuse since Muhammad dropped by to take her to lunch and her co-workers became aware of his ethnicity. She has been called an "Arab whore" and a "terrorist." Her co-workers refuse to work with her, and her supervisor has condoned this behavior by assigning her to tasks in the stockroom when previously she assisted customers in the computer department.

A.Melanie does not have a claim for national origin discrimination because she is not a member of a protected class.

B.Melanie does have a claim for national origin discrimination under Title VII because she is being harassed based on the national origin of her husband.

C.Melanie does not have a claim for national origin discrimination because she has only been employed for 3 weeks.

D.Melanie does have a claim for national origin discrimination because the behavior of her co-workers and supervisor is neither severe nor pervasive.

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B. Melanie does have a claim for national origin discrimination under Title VII because she is being harassed based on the ...

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