Wednesday, December 23, 2015

EEOC on Discrimination Against Muslims in the Workplace


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EEOC chair Jenny Yang  issued a statement released by the Commission earlier today addressing recent discrimination against Muslim and Middle Eastern employees in the workplace.  This statement, which is available here, provides that:

"America was founded on the principle of religious freedom.  As a nation, we must continue to seek the fair treatment of all, even as we grapple with the concerns raised by the recent terrorist attacks. When people come to work and are unfairly harassed or otherwise targeted based on their religion or national origin, it undermines our shared and longstanding values of tolerance and equality for all.  We commend employers who have already taken steps to issue or re-issue policies on preventing harassment, retaliation, and other forms of discrimination in the workplace, and we encourage all employers to remain vigilant and to communicate their commitment to inclusive workplaces throughout their organizations. Workers who have experienced discrimination at work or in applying for jobs should report these incidents to the appropriate workplace official and to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or its state and local partners. We urge all employees to re-affirm these values of tolerance and equality in their interactions with their co-workers and show that harassment and discrimination will not be tolerated in America's workplaces."

The EEOC, in its press release on this topic, also provided some additional resources on this type of discrimination, which are available here.  Given recent events and news stories,  these resources can serve as helpful tools for both workers and employers.

-- Joe Seiner

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