EEOC’s banner 2010 set record for discrimination claims

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Last year was the busiest ever for the EEOC, which shattered all previous records for handling private-sector workplace discrimination complaints. Employees filed 99,922 complaints during fiscal year 2010, which ended Sept. 30, 2010.

That’s up from 93,277 in 2009, a 7% increase.

For the second year in a row, more employees complained about retaliation than any particular form of discrimination. The 36,258 retaliation complaints represent an 8% increase from 2009, and a whopping 61% increase since 2006.

Race discrimination, historically the source of most EEOC complaints, resulted in 35,890 filings. Sex, disability and age discrimination complaints also topped 20,000 each. National origin discrimination and religious discrimination rounded out the top seven complaint causes.

Filings increased in all categories in 2010.

See “EEOC’s top 7” below for more stats. A complete report, including trend data, is available online from the EE...(register to read more)

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