Written Testimony before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
ISPU Legal Fellow Sahar Aziz was invited to testify before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on July 18, 2012 about how to address the rise in workplace religious discrimination claims.The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission held the unprecedented public meeting with academics, representatives of the civil rights, business and federal sector communities, as well as former EEOC leaders and current employees. Participants presented their views about the agency’s proposed Strategic Enforcement Plan which will guide the work of the EEOC. Addressing religious discrimination, Aziz discussed the multiple forms experienced by Muslim, Sikh, Arab and South Asian communities in the post-9/11 backlash. Her recommendations included training federal agencies about the adverse workplace consequences of selective law enforcement and immigration enforcement; and normalizing images of religious minorities in government publications.