If you've ever suspected life can sometimes be tough for Muslims in America, a study of the impact of online information on employer hiring behavior offers new confirmation of the discrimination they can face.

The study, conducted by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, included a field test of the responses of more than 4,000 U.S. employers to mocked-up Facebook accounts of a Muslim candidate relative to a Christian candidate, and to a gay candidate relative to a straight candidate.

The researchers also surveyed more than 1,000 additional respondents online, including those with HR experience, to gauge their responses in hypothetical hiring decisions.

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