Minnesotans filed 46 more discrimination complaints with the EEOC in fiscal year 2011 than they did in 2010. The 1,204 complaints represented 1.2% of all EEOC charges filed in 2011.
To put that in perspective, Minnesota has 1.7% of the nation’s population, so Minnesota workers file discrimination claims at a lower per-capita rate than do workers nationally.
The greatest number of Minnesota complaints—619 in all—alleged retaliation in addition to some form of discrimination. Minnesota saw discrimination charges above the national average in four categories: national origin, religion, disability and Equal Pay Act complaints.
From 2010 to 2011, the number of charges went up in every category except color discrimination, where the number of complaints fell from 31 to 14. The steepest percentage climbs were in national-origin discrimination (up 64%) and religious discrimination (up 65%).