Discrimination claims filed by Muslims with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission were increasing before controversy erupted over a planned Islamic community center blocks from New York's ground zero.

The number of claims filed with the EEOC more than doubled to 1,490 in fiscal year 2009, which ended Sept. 30, from 697 in fiscal year 2004, according the agency. These claims resulted in 803 EEOC charges, which can include more than one claim.

Of the 10,005 claims concerning discrimination against Muslims in the past 10 years, the most frequent was discharge (2,722), followed by harassment (1,861), and terms and conditions of employment (1,419).

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