Frivolous lawsuits will forever be a thorn in the side of HR. But, according to a new report, employees are becoming more successful in job discrimination complaints filed with the EEOC.
While the number of employees filing discrimination charges with the EEOC remained about the same from 2005 to 2006 (about 75,000 complaints), the EEOC says a higher percentage are being found to have merit.
Last year, 22.2 percent of employee complaints resulted in an EEOC finding that the employer had violated the law. That’s the highest-ever percentage of “merit resolutions” by the agency, up from just 11 percent a decade ago. It clearly shows that employers continue to make serious mistakes on employment law, and employees are getting better at calling them out.
One interesting fact: One of every six sexual harassment complaints now is filed by males (an all-time high).
By the numbers. Here’s a breakdown on complaints filed last year:
• Race discrimination 27,238
• Sex discrimination 23,247
• Retaliation 22,555
• Disability 15,625
• Age 13,569
• Sexual harassment 12,025
• National origin 8,327
• Pregnancy 4,901
• Religion 2,541
Note: The total far exceeds 75,000 because employees often allege more than one type of discrimination.
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