Characteristics of Color Discrimination Charges Filed with the EEOC

25 Pages Posted: 11 Aug 2011  

Joni Hersch

Vanderbilt University - Law School; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management; Vanderbilt University - College of Arts and Science - Department of Economics

Date Written: July 18, 2011

Abstract

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.

Keywords: color discrimination, employment discrimination, EEOC charges

JEL Classification: J7, K31

Suggested Citation

Hersch, Joni, Characteristics of Color Discrimination Charges Filed with the EEOC (July 18, 2011). Vanderbilt Law and Economics Research Paper No. 11-34. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1907757 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1907757

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