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EEOC sees near record year in 2009

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Employment Law,Human Resources

Workplace discrimination charges filed with the EEOC in the 2009 federal fiscal year reached the second-highest number ever.

For the year ending Sept. 30, 2009, the commission received 93,277 charges of discrimination. During the same period, the EEOC obtained more than $376 million for discrimination victims. That figure does not include any amounts employees recovered in court.

Thirty-six percent of EEOC charges involved race discrimination, retaliation or both. Sex-based discrimination was the third most-common charge, at 30%.

Discrimination charges based on religion and national origin reached record levels in 2009, while age discrimination charges came in at their second-highest number ever.

A full breakdown of EEOC enforcement statistics may be found at www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/statistics/enforcement/index.cfm.

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