The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has been actively pursuing cases in which Muslims have been discriminated against since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, in New York, says an attorney with the commission. By Judy Greenwald
Discrimination claims filed by Muslims with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission were increasing before controversy erupted over a planned Islamic community center blocks from New York’s ground zero.
The number of claims more than doubled to 1,490 in fiscal 2009, which ended Sept. 30, from 697 in fiscal 2004, according to the agency. These claims resulted in 803 EEOC charges, which can include more than one claim.
Of the 10,005 claims concerning discrimination against Muslims in the past 10 years, the most frequent was discharge (2,722), followed by harassment (1,861) and terms and conditions of employment (1,419).
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