EEOC Chair Janet Dhillon issued a reminder to employers to be vigilant for instances of discrimination in the workplace on the basis of national origin or race.
Dhillon said in a news release, “Crises like the COVID-19 pandemic can bring out the best and worst in people. We have seen many examples of people rising to the occasion, helping others in need, sometimes at great risk or sacrifice to themselves. Sadly, there have also been reports of mistreatment and harassment of Asian Americans and other people of Asian descent.”
And in the workplace, she said, such discrimination is illegal. The commission is committed to enforcing anti-discrimination laws.
The EEOC chair urged employers and employees “to be mindful of instances of harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in the workplace and to take action to prevent or correct this behavior.”
The President has recently changed his own racially-charged descriptions of the coronavirus after warnings of anti-Asian incidents and complaints from lawmakers, advocates and the Chinese government.
Additional information about national origin and race discrimination can be found at the EEOC website: