Sahar Aziz Testifies Before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Professor Aziz was invited to testify before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission about how to address the rise in workplace religious discrimination claims.
Thank you for the invitation to testify before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in connection with the Strategic Enforcement Plan. I have been asked to address religious discrimination experienced by the diverse religious communities that enrich our nation. Due to the unfortunate reality that the September 11th terrorist attacks caused a sustained backlash against Muslims, Sikhs, Arabs and South Asians, and those perceived as such, my comments will focus on the multiple forms of workplace discrimination experienced by these communities. For a more in-depth analysis of employment discrimination claims involving Muslim, Arab, or South Asian employees, I am enclosing a copy of Sticks and Stones, Words That Hurt: Entrenched Stereotypes Eight Years After 9/11, 13 N.Y. CITY L. REV. 33 (2009).
That said, efforts to eradicate religious discrimination against any particular group ultimately benefits employees of all faiths. Training and educating employers about their legal obligations to protect religious freedoms in the workplace creates a productive atmosphere wherein each employee is evaluated based on merit and objective performance criteria as opposed to false stereotypes or unlawful bias. Similarly, educating employees about their workplace rights deters employers from failing to comply with anti-discrimination laws and prevents employees from violating the rights of their co-workers.
I commend the EEOC for its proactive efforts to solicit the input of various stakeholders from America’s diverse ethnic, racial, and religious communities. In the spirit of collaboration and our shared interest in eliminating all forms of discrimination based on race, religion, gender, national origin, ethnicity, disability, and age, I offer my comments and recommendations in the enclosed written testimony.
Sahar F. Aziz
Texas Wesleyan University School of Law
Sahar F. Aziz, Written Testimony Before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (July 18, 2012)
Sahar F. Aziz, Sticks and Stones, The Words That Hurt: Entrenched Stereotypes Eight Years After 9/11, 13 N.Y. CITY L. REV. 33 (2009)
Sahar F. Aziz, Caught in a Preventive Dragnet: Selective Counterterrorism in a Post 9-11 America, 47 GONZAGA L. REV. 1 (Spring 2012).
Sahar F. Aziz, From the Oppressed to the Terrorist: American Muslim Women in the Crosshairs of Intersectionality, HASTINGS RACE AND POV. L. REV. (forthcoming 2012)
Professor Aziz's written testimony can be downloaded here.