EEOC Statistical Data: Discrimination and Retaliation Charges Filed by Arab and Muslim Americans

Washington, DC | | March 25, 2013 – The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC), which is responsible for enforcing federal employment anti-discrimination laws, recently provided the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) with staggering statistical data indicating that, after the tragic events of September 11, 2001:

  • There was a surge in the amount of discrimination and retaliation charges filed by those who identify as (1) “Arab, Afghani, or Middle Eastern” and (2) “Muslim.” Over the last decade, these numbers have continued to be high.
  • Muslims Americans have filed more charges of religious discrimination and retaliation than any other religious group that the EEOC monitors.
  • Generally, Arab and Muslim Americans have been filing an increased proportion of retaliation charges to discrimination charges. Specifically, in 2012, almost 40% of Arabs and 50% of Muslims who filed discrimination charges also filed retaliation charges, whereas in 2000, only approximately 20% of those groups who filed discrimination charges also filed retaliation charges. The EEOC prepared the following charts and provided them to the ADC. They illustrate the amount of charges filed with the EEOC (including the charges filed with local Fair Employment Practice Agencies (FEPA), acting on behalf of EEOC).

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