Only Texas can match California for the amount of anti-Latino hate crimes, as a study by the National Institute of Justice showed both states had more dramatic increases of such incidents than any others in the nation, the Huffington Post reported on October 17, 2011. The article also cited studies from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pew Research Center showing increases in anti-Latino sentiments across the country.
According to HuffPo, the SPLC reported that the number of hate groups in America increased for the second year in a row in 2010. The FBI’s report showed that the number of anti-Hispanic hate crime incidents increased nearly 40 percent in four years. And a Pew survey found that more Americans believe that Hispanics are the targets of discrimination in American society than any other major racial or ethnic group. In an interview with the Press-Enterprise, Riverside Human Relations Commission member Gilberto Esquivel said that the 50 percent rise in hate crimes against Latinos in California in 2010 was directly tied to the passage of the S.B. 1070 immigration law in Arizona.
Last week, we noted the unfortunate number of anti-Semitic incidents in the Golden State, but the bottom line remains that essentially all forms of discrimination are prohibited in California. If you think that you have been subjected to national origin or employment discrimination, you should contact our office today to speak with an experienced Los Angeles employment lawyer. Our firm knows how to prove discrimination and can not only stop abusive behavior at your work, but can also assist you in filing a claim.
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