ADC Holds Workshop on Employment Discrimination

ADC Know Your Rights On the Job Workshop

December 14, 2005

Washington, DC -- Yesterday, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) held a "Know Your Rights on the Job,” panel discussion in the Hilton Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. The event is part of a series of ADC panels on employment discrimination on the basis of citizenship, national origin, and religion. The series is made possible by a grant from the office of Special Counsel of the Civil Rights Division, of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Moderated by ADC‘s Director of Legal Advocacy Carol Khawly, panelist included Carol J. Mackela, Esq. from the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices in the Department of Justice (DOJ), Michael Cash, Executive Director of the Fairfax County Human Rights Commission, and Lema Bashir, Director of the Employment Diversity Awareness-Building Program at ADC.

During the panel, speakers discussed the various processes and requirement for prosecuting cases of discrimination, including egregious offenses, name calling, and disparate treatment, among others. Additionally, information and pamphlets were distributed to help attendees identify discrimination in the workplace, their rights as employees, steps that victims may take, as well as information for employers.

The panel was followed by a question and answer session. Those in attendants addressed a variety of issues, including personal experiences, subtle forms of discrimination, and documentations for workers.

For more information on employment discrimination contact the ADC office at 202-244-2990

You may also contact the office of Special Counsel of the Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice (DOJ) at the toll free information number and worker hotline:

1-800-255-7688 or 1-800-237-2515 (TDD for hearing impaired)

Employer Hotline: 1-800-255-8155

1-800-362-2735 (TDD for hearing impaired)

(L-R) Carol J. Mackela, Esq. from the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices in the Department of Justice (DOJ), Michael Cash, Executive Director of the Fairfax County Human Rights Commission, Carol Khawly, ADC Director of Legal Advocacy, Lema Bashir, ADC Director of the Employment Diversity Awareness - Building Program, and ADC President Mary Rose Oakar.
An attendee addresses the panel
Attendees at the event