Employment Discrimination Complaints Rose 4% in 2002

February 7, 2003

Source: Star-Telegram


On February 7, 2003 the Star-Telegram reported that "employment discrimination complaints climbed more than 4 percent last year to 84,442 filings, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reported Thursday... The biggest increases for the 2002 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, came from allegations of religious discrimination. They were up 21 percent from 2001, to almost 2,600 complaints... 'While race discrimination led all charge filings in 2002, the year's largest increases occurred in the religion, age, and national origin charge categories,' EEOC Chairwoman Cari M. Dominguez noted in a written statement... Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, some Muslim and Arab employees have reported encountering discrimination at work. And older workers have reported being targeted for layoffs by cost-cutting employers and of difficulties finding new jobs."