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Illinois EEOC discrimination complaints up sharply in 2011

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

Illinois employees are doing more than their share to keep the EEOC busy, filing more discrimination complaints per capita than the national average. Although Illinois accounts for just 4.1% of the nation’s population, 6.1% of all EEOC discrimination charges originated in Illinois in fiscal year 2011.

Illinois residents filed 6,098 EEOC discrimination and retaliation complaints last year, 810 more than in 2010. That’s a 15.4% increase.

The most common charge was age discrimination, with 2,279 filings, an 85% increase over 2010. Race bias charges came in second, with 1,997 filings.

Retaliation complaints were next, with 1,948 charges.

Note: Many EEOC complaints allege several forms of discrimination, as well as retaliation.

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