EEOC Issues Revised Compliance Guidance on Religious Discrimination

August 2008
Employment Law Notes
On July 22, 2008, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued a new compliance manual section regarding religious discrimination, harassment and retaliation in the workplace under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (“Title VII”). The number of religious discrimination charges filed with the EEOC more than doubled from 1992 to 2007. This note provides a brief overview of what employers should be aware of regarding what constitutes “religion” within the meaning of Title VII, according to the EEOC’s new Guidance, as well as under Washington’s Law Against Discrimination (WLAD).