Rising Harassment of Muslim Workers

Employees throwing blood, meat and bones or calling Muslim workers “camel jockey” are just some of the growing workplace discrimination practices reported on by the New York Times.

The NY Times says that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed several big lawsuits against employers like Abercrombie & Fitch and JBS Swift, a meat packing company for discriminating against Muslims.

The paper reports:  At a time of growing tensions involving Muslims in the United States, a record number of Muslim workers are complaining of employment discrimination, from co-workers calling them “terrorist” or “Osama” to employers barring them from wearing head scarves or taking prayer breaks.

Such complaints were increasing even before frictions erupted over the planned Islamic center in Lower Manhattan, with Muslim workers filing a record 803 such claims in the year ended Sept. 30, 2009. That was up 20 percent from the previous year and up nearly 60 percent from 2005, according to federal data.

The number of complaints filed since then will not be announced until January, but Islamic groups say they have received a surge in complaints recently, suggesting that 2010’s figure will set another record.

“There’s a level of hatred and animosity that is shocking,” said Mary Jo O’Neill, regional attorney of the E.E.O.C.’s Phoenix office. “I’ve been doing this for 31 years, and I’ve never seen such antipathy toward Muslim workers.” (more here)

Awareness, communication and education are some of the the best ways to combat these expensive lawsuits and abusive behavior.

Educate and sensitize your employuees with these harassment and divesity video trainings. 

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