by Anna Lukeman
Originally published: May 24, 2016
In the wake of recent terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has warned employers to be proactive and take measures against discrimination aimed at those who are, or are perceived to be, either Muslim or Middle Eastern.
In her statement to address this issue, EEOC Chair Jenny R. Yang said, “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.”
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the federal law that prohibits employers from discriminating against employees and potential employees on the basis of national origin, religion, race, color or sex. Discrimination can potentially occur in many forms throughout the employment process, including hiring, firing, harassing, promoting or demoting, disciplining and accommodating. In support of the rising need to protect employees from discrimination, the EEOC has released two resource documents explaining the federal anti-discrimination laws in a Q&A format.