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.