A "headwind of intolerance" against Muslims in America is leading to a disturbing spike in employment discrimination complaints and school bullying, a senior Justice Department official told a Senate panel Tuesday.

Muslims account for 25 percent of employment discrimination complaints being handled by the DOJ's office of civil rights, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez told the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights.

The hearing, "Protecting the Civil Rights of American Muslims," marked the first congressional hearing devoted solely to anti-Muslim discrimination. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., made a point of citing numerous previous hearings involving bigotry against Jews and Christians.

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