Friday, November 19, 2021

EEOC updates COVID-19 guidance to address retaliation

The EEOC just keeps updating its What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws guidance. Check out the latest addition, Section M. Retaliation and Interference

Not official use.
Honestly, this just looks like pretty basic retaliation stuff, but with a helping of COVID-19-related hypos. For example:

  • "an Asian American employee who tells a manager or human resources official that a coworker made abusive comments accusing Asian people of spreading COVID-19 is protected from retaliation for reporting the harassment." 
  • "the EEO laws prohibit an employer from retaliating against an employee for requesting continued telework as a disability accommodation after a workplace reopens."
  • "requesting religious accommodation, such as modified protective gear that can be worn with religious garb, is protected activity."
This could be a helpful resource or reminder for employers though. 

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