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April 17, 2020
Today, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission updated its COVID-19 guidance once again.
With respect to accommodations, the updated guidance makes clear that, during the pandemic:
With respect to harassment, the EEOC advises that employers take steps upon reopening to remind employees that harassment and discrimination based on race, national origin, color, sex, religion, age (40 or over), disability, or genetic information is prohibited and will not be tolerated.
With respect to return to work, the EEOC confirms that employers may make medical inquiries of employees consistent with CDC and other public health authority guidance (see question G.1) and that employers should engage in the interactive process and offer modified or alternative protective gear or infection control practices if a disability dictates (see question G.2).