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Spike in religious, national-origin job bias claims

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

For the second year in a row, the EEOC received a record number of employee job discrimination claims (99,947 in 2011). New EEOC figures released Jan. 24 show that religious and national-origin bias claims saw the biggest increases last year, up 10% and 5%, respectively.

“We’re seeing more workers from India, Pakistan and other countries that bring additional religious complexity to the workforce,” a former EEOC attorney told the Associated Press.

As in past years, claims based on retaliation, race, sex and disability were filed most often (see box below).

Learn how to respond to an EEOC bias claim at www.theHRSpecialist.com/eeoc11.

Most popular job discrimination claims filed by employees with EEOC

    Type

Claims in 2011

Change from 2010

    Retaliation

37,334

+ 3%

    Race

35,395

+ 1%

    Sex

28,543

-2%

    Disability

25,742

+2%

    Age

23,465

+1%

    National origin

11,833

+5%

    Religion

4,151

+10%

Note: Some people charge multiple types of discrimination.

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