EEOC Issues Fact Sheet on Religious Discrimination

Last week, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission representatives met at the White House for an interagency briefing culminating in the release of a one-page fact sheet designed to educate younger workers on their rights against religious discrimination under federal law.

EEOC will also implement changes in the collection of demographic data from individuals who file charges with the agency. These changes should allow EEOC to collect more precise data about the religion of the individual alleging discrimination. The agency hopes these changes will allow it and the public to recognize and respond to trends in charge data.

Finally, 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. EEOC and OFCCP will work together to develop joint outreach and education efforts concerning discrimination based on religion.