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Anti-Muslim bias and employment discrimination

| Apr 26, 2018 | Employment Law for Employees |

Getting a job can be a very exciting time. Whether you are a teenager, fresh out of college or changing careers, having a job is very important. Most employers hire an individual based on their strengths and qualities. Much like good qualities cause a person to obtain a job, negative qualities could cause an individual in New York or elsewhere to lose their job. However, one reason a person should not lose a job or feel unsafe in a work environment is discrimination.

Unfortunately, workplace discrimination exists, causing individuals to endure harassment and emotional anguish. According to a recent study, hate crime against Muslims residing in the U.S. has risen 15 percent in 2017. This is the second year of increases. A total of 300 hate crimes against this group were recorded last year.

This figure of 300 is only a small portion of the 2,599 incidents that were deemed anti-Muslim bias last year. That figure went up 17 percent from the previous year. This total represents acts such as harassment, employment discrimination and biased treatment. Researchers believe that this mistreatment of this group of people is based on the immigration laws currently in place or being promised by the current administration.

Because the political environment can influence how different groups of people are treated, this can translate to how individuals are treated in the workplace. If a person is targeted for harassment, discrimination or termination because of their race, national origin, religion or other protected characteristic, it is possible to take action. Filing a legal action not only holds the accountable party liable for their actions. This could also help a victim of employment discrimination recover compensation for his or her losses and damages.

Source: Msn.com, “U.S. anti-Muslim hate crimes rose 15 percent in 2017,” April 23, 2018