Discrimination based on National Origin: Oportun, is a multinational corporation that discriminates against against US citizens by having a “preference” to hire or promote foreign workers. During the time of my employment I had noticed preferential treatment of employees based on their citizenship( there was favoritism for employees who are foreign born due to the fact they speak native Spanish and can connect with their target customers on a more personal level), although the application and job requirements ask that you are fluent in both English and Spanish.
Strong indications about the discrimination of US Nationals or US Citizens was in part due to working daily with clients or potential clients who apply for a loan, in which a number are clients who at times provide us with fake or stolen identities, one of our obligations as an account executive is to protect the identity and personal information of the customer.
February 19 2018 is when I began to notice abnormal working conditions at the location where I was employed, where the flyer handed inside La Placita Tropicana, where Oportun leases its Kiosk, Informs all employees that there will be a “Mandatory” Security Meeting with SJPD educating employees on workplace safety, pepper spray training, protocol during emergencies and non-emergencies and questions about “ICE”, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
( The flyers handed out by my place of employment “inside of the shopping center” alerting businesses of potential ICE activity and their rights as Business Owners in the event of an ICE raid is clear and supporting evidence of fear by the place of my employment of a Federal investigation.) When I became aware of business owners feeling threatened and paranoid by federal investigation(s) of employees at my place of employment, I significantly dropped in performance and became uncomfortable filing applications for certain accounts or engage the least possible with individuals who could not provide proper identification and passed them on to other employees, which counted negatively towards my monthly goal, resulting in a decline in performance.
Due to headlines across the news reporting CA AB450 Immigration Compliance Laws which began in January 1, 2018, employers, employees and representatives we were instructed to learn how to answer questions such as: ” How to handle U.S Immigrations and Customs enforcement (ICE)”, “What to do in the event of Immigration Officials Arrival” and “What does the employer need to do if Raided?” My place of employment located in the shopping center was the location that management was the least involved with, and caused a great amount of anxiety in many cases working as a single employee in that environment.