EEOC Reports, Responds to Workplace Bias After September 11

November 25, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On November 25, 2001, The New York Times reported, "After Sept. 11, Complaints of Job Bias Mount." The article noted, "The complaints are coming from all corners of the country and from people in all types of industries -- from an airplane mechanic in Texas to a Wal-Mart greeter in Virginia. Since Sept. 11, Arab-American groups say, hundreds of people have said they are experiencing discrimination in the workplace because of their nationality or religion." The article continued, "Companies forcefully deny any discrimination. Some said the crippled economy was the culprit, forcing them to lay off many people, not only those of Middle Eastern descent. Others said workers were fired because of behavior or performance problems. In at least a couple of cases, it appears that tensions arising from the terrorist attacks might have led to an employee being fired, but the employees and employers tell different stories."