EEOC Issues Press Release Regarding Impact of 9/11 on Employment Discrimination

/ 10/07/2011

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency charged with enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against employees, recently issued a press release regarding the effect of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 on employment discrimination. 

In the initial months after 9/11, the EEOC saw a 250% increase in the number of religion-based discrimination charges involving Muslims. The EEOC created a special code to track charges related to 9/11 from people who were, or were perceived to be, Muslim, Arab, Afghani, Middle Eastern, or South Asian, or from people who alleged retaliation related to 9/11. And, in the ten years since the terrorist attacks, the EEOC has filed more than 80 lawsuits alleging backlash discrimination.

Following the attacks, the agency conducted vigorous outreach and education programs for employers and employees. It created fact sheets on immigrant employee rights and on discrimination based on religion, ethnicity, or country of origin and translated these fact sheets into several languages. EEOC staff members met with members of certain ethnic groups and traveled to mosques, churches, and community centers to provide counseling and to take charges. The EEOC remains vigilant in ensuring employers and employees are aware of their rights and responsibilities under the federal laws enforced by the EEOC.

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