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Having just observed the second anniversary of September 11, 2001, it is perhaps an opportune time to note that discrimination on the basis of race, national origin and/or religion violates Title VII. According to the EEOC, since September 11, 2001, it has received more than 800 charge filings nationwide alleging backlash discrimination by individuals who are or who are perceived to be Muslim, Arabic, Middle Eastern, South Asian or Sikh. The two most common issues alleged are harassment and discharge. Nearly 100 individuals aggrieved by 9/11-related employment discrimination have received over $1,450,000 in monetary benefits. This article notes EEOC actions over the past year.
The EEOC sued two hotels in New York City for discrimination against a class of Muslim, Arab, and South Asian employees based on their religion and/or national origin. The suit alleged that employees were subjected to a hostile work …