The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) releases a one-page fact sheet and participates in a cross-agency initiative to inform young workers about employment discrimination.
On July 22, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Chair Jenny Yang and Commissioner Charlotte Burrows participated in an interagency briefing at the White House and announced the release of a one-page fact sheet designed to help young workers better understand their rights and responsibilities under federal employment anti-discrimination laws. The fact sheet, available at EEOC's [email protected] website, presents information for teens and other young workers about religious discrimination and other forms of employment discrimination.
The EEOC announced it will also collect more precise data about the religion of the individual alleging discrimination. This change in the collection of demographic data will allow the agency and the public to recognize and respond to trends in discrimination charges.
Finally, the EEOC plans to improve coordination with the Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), which enforces the prohibition of religious discrimination in employment by federal contractors and subcontractors. The EEOC and OFCCP will work together to develop joint outreach and education efforts concerning discrimination based on religion.
According to EEOC reports, the Commission has filed 73 lawsuits since the beginning of fiscal year 2010 involving claims of religious discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. During the same period, the Commission recovered approximately $4 million, as well as other important types of relief, for victims. In fiscal year 2015, EEOC received 3,502 charges alleging discrimination on the basis of religion, with the top issues alleged being discharge, harassment, terms and conditions of employment, and reasonable accommodation.
Over the past 5 years, the EEOC has developed numerous fact sheets and guidance documents to inform employers, employees, and the public about religious discrimination, including:
- Questions and Answers: Discrimination (Religious) in the Workplace
- Best Practices for Eradicating Discrimination (Religious) in the Workplace
- Religious Garb and Grooming in the Workplace: Rights and Responsibilities
California employment lawyers at Kingsley & Kingsley closely monitor changes in both federal and state laws governing religious discrimination. General information about religious discrimination and updates on notable cases can be found on Kingsley & Kingsley's website. Notable updates include:
- What is Religious-Discrimination?
- SCOTUS Decides in Religious-Discrimination Case v. Abercrombie & Fitch
- Area of Practice – Discrimination
If you feel you have been discriminated against, or have questions about any of California's employment related laws, feel free to contact leading California employment lawyers at Kingsley & Kingsley. Call toll-free at (888) 500-8469 or contact us via email.