Thursday, January 7, 2010

Workplace Discrimination Charges Reach New High.

From an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission release yesterday:

The FY 2009 data show that private sector job bias charges (which include those filed against state and local governments) alleging discrimination based on disability, religion and/or national origin hit record highs. The number of charges alleging age-based discrimination reached the second-highest level ever. Continuing a decade-long trend, the most frequently filed charges with the EEOC in FY 2009 were charges alleging discrimination based on race (36%), retaliation (36%), and sex-based discrimination (30%). Multiple types of discrimination may be alleged in a single charge filing.

The near-historic level of total discrimination charge filings may be due to multiple factors, including greater accessibility of the EEOC to the public, economic conditions, increased diversity and demographic shifts in the labor force, employees’ greater awareness of their rights under the law, and changes to the agency’s intake practices that cut down on the steps needed for an individual to file a charge.

The back-up statistics are here and break the filings down into categories.

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Anonymous Stephanie R. Thomas, Ph.D. said...

A visual history of EEOC charge statistics from 1997 to 2009 can be found here:

January 7, 2010 at 8:22 AM  
Blogger L A Neumann said...

Fantastic. Thanks so much for posting Stephanie.

January 7, 2010 at 9:30 AM  

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