Characteristics of Color Discrimination Charges Filed with the EEOC
Vanderbilt University - Law School; Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management; Vanderbilt University - College of Arts and Science - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
July 18, 2011
Vanderbilt Law and Economics Research Paper No. 11-34
Using detailed employment discrimination charge data from the EEOC, this paper provides unique information on the number of charges of color discrimination, the bases of the charges, the characteristics of individuals filing charges, and characteristics of the workplace. Claims of employment discrimination on the basis of color have been rising, from 1,424 in FY 2000 to 3,063 in FY 2009. Although many color discrimination claims are combined with race discrimination charges, 16 percent of color charges do not also include race as a basis. Color discrimination charges are filed by individuals of all races. Among color charges that do not include race as a basis, 15 percent are reported by Whites and 17 percent are reported by Asians. Color claims disproportionately include national origin and religion as additional bases.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 25
Keywords: color discrimination, employment discrimination, EEOC charges
JEL Classification: J7, K31
Date posted: August 11, 2011
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