Deal with Workplace Discrimination
By Lauren Bayne Anderson
It’s 2011, but unfortunately discrimination in the workplace is at a high.
In 2010, there were 99,922 charges of discrimination filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). That’s up from 75,428 in 2005. Fifty one percent of those cases were based on religion, national origin or race.
In April, we celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month. Discrimination against Arabs and Muslims takes many forms including police harassment, unjust detention and attacks on civil liberties. But among the most prevalent, is employment discrimination.In late March, there was a congressional hearing on “Islamic Radicalization”. During that hearing, Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez, of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, testified that the EEOC registered “a 150 percent increase in complaints of discrimination against Muslims since 9/11.”
There is no question that Arabs and Muslims are being targeted at higher numbers. But there are also cases of discrimination due to other religious affiliations, race, age, disability, sex, and other factors.
No matter what your situation, there are some key things you can do to deal with discrimination in the work place.