The following examples illustrate the kinds of discrimination
the Civil Rights Division can address. If you think that you or someone
you know has been the victim of discrimination or a hate crime, please
follow these links for information on filing a complaint.
A young man of Egyptian descent is assaulted as
he leaves a concert at a nightclub. The assailant, a member of a
skinhead group, yells racial epithets as he beats the victim unconscious
in the club's parking lot with fists and a pipe.
At Ku Klux Klan meetings, a Klansman tells other
members that Arabs and Muslims should go "back to where they came
from." They burn a cross in the front yard of a young Syrian
couple in order to frighten them and force them to leave the neighborhood.
Before burning the cross, the defendant displays a gun and gives
one of his friends another gun in case the victims try to stop them.
An American company recruits workers in a small
village in India, promising them good work at high pay. The company
smuggles the workers to the United States illegally. When they finally
arrive in the U.S., the workers are threatened and told that if
they attempt to leave their factory they will be killed.
- An HMO that enrolls Medicaid patients tells an Indian woman with
cerebral palsy to come back another day for an appointment while it
provides immediate assistance to others.
Federally Funded or Assisted Programs
- A local social services agency does not provide information or
job training in Hindi even though one quarter of local residents speak
- A landlord refuses to renew the lease of a Sikh tenant while renewing
leases of other tenants.
- A non-Arab tenant harasses a Lebanese tenant who complains to the
landlord about the harassment, and the landlord refuses to do anything
to stop the harassment.
- A real estate the agent discourages a family of Saudi Arabian
descent from looking in certain neighborhoods by saying that they
may not feel comfortable living there.
- A landlord refuses to provide maintenance
and other services to a Muslim tenant, but provides such services
to other tenants.
- A real estate agent refuses to show an Indian married couple houses
until they are financially pre-qualified for a loan even though the agent
does not require this of anyone else.
- A food processing company requires applicants who
appear or sound foreign to show work authorization documents before
allowing them to complete an employment application while native-born
Caucasian applicants are not required to show any documents before
completing employment applications.
- An employer scrutinizes and rejects the documents presented for
INS I-9 purposes by South Asian or Arab Americans to a far greater
extent than those of other new hires.
- An employer requires all Pakistanis, Saudi Arabians, and Afghanis
to complete a new INS form I-9 in response to the World Trade Center and
Pentagon attacks, while not requiring other employees to do so.
- An employer fires employees who are not U.S. citizens or who appear
"foreign" in response to the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks.
- An employer fires an employee whose manner of dress or cultural
practices suggest that he or she is "foreign."
- An employer posts a sign that states, "We hire Americans only."
- A jail will not translate disciplinary hearings for detainees who
do not speak English.
- A state's psychiatric hospital has no means of providing treatment
for people who do not speak English.
Police officers constantly pull over cars driven
by Arab Americans, Muslims, and Sikhs for certain traffic violations,
but rarely pull over white drivers for the same violations.
- An Afghan business owner is denied a loan for his business.
- A woman of Egyptian descent is required to pay higher interest
rates and fees than other loan applicants.
- Credit card applicants with Arab-sounding names are required to
provide more references than other credit card applicants and must
meet more stringent approval standards.
A polling official requires a dark-skinned voter,
who speaks with a Middle Eastern accent and has an Arab-sounding
last name, to provide proof of U.S. citizenship, but does not require
proof of citizenship from white voters.