EEOC Updates COVID-19 Guidance on Anti-Discrimination Laws

On April 23rd, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced additions to their technical assistance guidance, “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws,” providing employers with crucial information on how to avoid possible workplace discrimination claims during the coronavirus pandemic.

Provided in a “question and answer” format, the frequently updated resource covers topics important to employers today dealing with the employment ramifications of COVID-19. The subject matter discussed all falls under the EEOC’s enforcement of workplace anti-discrimination laws including:

Specific COVID-19-related information within the guidance includes:

  • Disability-Related Inquiries and Medical Exams;
  • Hiring and Onboarding;
  • Reasonable Accommodations;
  • Pandemic-Related Harassment; and
  • Returning to Work

The EEOC wants to remind employers that all EEO laws are in full effect during the time of the global coronavirus pandemic. Just as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, so does the guidance provided by the EEOC and other government agencies. To keep up to date on any releases involving workplace anti-discrimination laws during this uncertain time, employers can visit the EEOC Newsroom webpage for any new and important information.

NOTE: The details in this blog are provided for informational purposes only. All answers are general in nature and do not constitute legal advice. If legal advice or other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought. The author specifically disclaims any and all liability arising directly or indirectly from the reliance on or use of this blog.
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