President Trump’s racist comments to four congresswomen of color constitute workplace harassment, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which is the federal agency responsible for “enforcing laws prohibiting employment discrimination and harassment because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age (40 and over), and physical or mental disability.”
Under the category “Harassment Based on National Origin,” the EEOC makes it clear that using the phrase “go back to where you came from” in the workplace violates federal law.
“Ethnic slurs and other verbal or physical conduct because of nationality are illegal if they are severe or pervasive and created an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment, interfere with work performance, or negatively affect job opportunities,” the EEOC website says.
Republicans flipped out as Rep. Eric Swalwell ran through a list of racist Trump statements and positions on the House floor. pic.twitter.com/OFk1ySStpe— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) July 16, 2019
“Examples of potentially unlawful conduct include insults, taunting, or ethnic epithets, such as making fun of a person’s foreign accent or comments like, “Go back to where you came from,” whether made by supervisors or by co-workers.”
Senator Tim Kaine took a screenshot of the EEOC’s website, highlighted a key passage, and shared it on Twitter.
“The EEOC cites ‘go back to where you came from’ as a classic form of discrimination that violates civil rights. The President’s bigoted words are so contrary to who were are as a country that we literally have laws against them,” Kaine wrote.
The EEOC cites “go back to where you came from” as a classic form of discrimination that violates civil rights. The President’s bigoted words are so contrary to who we are as a country that we literally have laws against them. pic.twitter.com/FcD1TcKcKE— Tim Kaine (@timkaine) July 16, 2019
The metaphorical book on Trump’s blatant racism received a new chapter when Trump tweeted that Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
Trump and his ilk continue to insist the racist statements were not, in fact, wildly racist. He tweeted that “Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body!”
On Tuesday, the House of Representatives voted to pass a resolution condemning Trump’s comments. The resolution “strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.”
“Every single member of this institution, Democratic and Republican, should join us in condemning the president’s racist tweets,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. “To do anything less would be a shocking rejection of our values and a shameful abdication of our oath of office to protect the American people.”
On Monday—without referring to Trump specifically—the EEOC posted a tweet on how to file a discrimination charge against an employer.
A charge of discrimination asserts that an employer engaged in employment discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetic information and it asks the EEOC to take remedial action. https://t.co/3dHOcHxrCz#MondayMotivation#EEO pic.twitter.com/UtRNIJcXA8— U.S. EEOC (@USEEOC) July 15, 2019
We all got the subtext loud and clear.
i take it this is directed at @realDonaldTrump.
but he can’t read.
— Deep State Activist Bitch ⚛️ (@ActivistState) July 17, 2019