After September 11: Bias and Backlash in the Workplace

March 4, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On March 4, 2002, The Washington Post featured the article "Backlash Changes Form, Not Function: Sept. 11 Aftereffects Include Quiet Sting Of Bigotry, Some Say." It explained that while violent hate crimes have decreased, bias in the schools, workplace, and public life have continued. The article noted that "The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has received so many allegations of illegal bias against Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian workers that it has created a category, Code Z, to track them. It has received more than 300 complaints since Sept. 11 -- and that doesn't include similar cases filed in state or local government offices." However, the article continued, "Those trying to track discrimination tied to the Sept. 11 attacks say the task can be complex. Reports of employment discrimination, for example, often rise during a recession, because more jobs are cut overall."