U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Renews Anti-Discrimination Message

December 4, 2002

Source: The Washington Post


On December 4, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "amid heightened tensions between the United States and Iraq and continued concerns about terrorism, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has renewed its message to employers that it is illegal to discriminate against foreign-born workers. The agency issued updated anti-bias guidelines yesterday that underscore its post-Sept. 11 message to employers -- particularly small businesses -- that they are responsible for unfair actions taken against workers on the basis of national origin. The guidelines had last been issued in 1980, and there has since been a marked increase in immigrants in the workforce. The agency has posted on its Web site hypothetical examples of what would be considered illegal activities."