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EEOC issues documents on prohibiting workplace discrimination against vulnerable groups

Publications focus on individuals who are, or are perceived to be, Muslim or Middle Eastern

Posted December 29, 2015

In the wake of tragic events at home and abroad, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) urges employers and employees to be particularly mindful of instances of harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in the workplace against vulnerable communities.

On December 23, EEOC released two resource documents, in question-and-answer (Q&A) format, explaining federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination against individuals who are, or are perceived to be, Muslim or Middle Eastern. One Q&A is for employees, and the other is for employers. The documents assist employers and employees in understanding their rights and responsibilities under the federal laws enforced by EEOC. They are intended to encourage proactive communication among employers and employees to prevent and correct discrimination.

Questions and Answers for Employers: Responsibilities Concerning the Employment of Individuals Who Are, or Are Perceived to Be, Muslim or Middle Eastern includes information about and examples of employer actions that may constitute discrimination on the basis of religion, race, or national origin. This technical assistance document also identifies steps employers can take to prevent and correct discrimination in the workplace.

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