May 25, 2023

White House’s Strategy to Combat Anti-Semitism Includes “Call on Employers”

The White House has announced “the first U.S. National Strategy to Combat AntiSemitism.” The Strategy references employers and employees at least 39 times in its 60 pages.  Here are some highlights of the “call on employers” including private and non-profit to:

  • increase workplace training on countering antisemitism;
  • review their own diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) programs to ensure full inclusion of antisemitism awareness and training as well as workplace religious accommodation requirements and best practices to prevent religious discrimination;
  •  develop and disseminate workshops on the intersection of antisemitism, racism, and xenophobia;
  • ensure that workers know about employers’ legal duty to accommodate workers’ sincerely held religious beliefs or practices unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on an employer’s business;
  • support Jewish employees by promoting employee resource groups, including for Jewish staff;
  • ensure that their policies and practices on discrimination and harassment are clear and vigorously enforced;
  • and much more.

Up Next
? The EEOC will publish materials for employers and employees on non-discrimination and religious accommodation in the workplace in September, including the recently released fact sheet, “What Io Do If You Face Antisemitism At Work.”