Coronavirus Discrimination Is a Global Issue Says Legal Analyst

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There have been many reports of discrimination around the coronavirus.

Major news outlets such as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Buzzfeed News, etc. have all covered various stories surrounding how some Americans--and others around the world--are facing discrimination due to the virus. 

So, what can victims do and how do these cases differ?

Rebecca Rose Woodland, litigator and legal analyst, joined TheStreet to explain what victims can do now and the differences.

Watch the video above for more.

Video Transcript:

Katherine Ross: Cases of discrimination in New York City are popping up concerning the coronavirus. Joining me is Rebecca Rose Woodland, litigator and legal analyst. Rebecca, how are these cases different than standard discrimination cases?

Rebecca Rose Woodland: So what we're seeing in New York City, and across the globe, are an increase of discrimination cases, and specifically we've noticed targeting in the Asian communities, also the LGBQT communities and the Jewish communities. There have been reports of discrimination. Now we've also seen the African community in China, allegedly, being discriminated against. So we see that globally there is an issue regarding discrimination and in New York there are specific cases that we've heard about that are extremely dramatic, that involve criminal charges as well as workplace employment and EEOC actions.

Katherine Ross: If you're a victim, what should you do now?

Rebecca Rose Woodland: So, if you're in the United States, you should contact the EEOC if you're a victim of workplace discrimination. If there's any crime that has happened to you or to someone you know, go immediately to the police. The police will then refer it to the FBI, if necessary. Globally, there's a Human Rights Commission that is working very, very aggressively with a lot of these victims, and please look into the Human Rights Commission. Connect with with them and they will give you your national office to connect to so that you can have representation to try to help you with any discrimination you're facing. Whether or not you have COVID or you are of a certain ethnicity that is being targeted, there are very many widespread discrimination situations that we need to address and definitely keep down the people who feel they can discriminate against someone in any event, but yet alone during this time, in a pandemic when people are especially vulnerable.

Katherine Ross: Rebecca, thank you for joining us for this very serious topic. And for more on the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on business, head on over to TheStreet.com.