North Carolina employees are doing more than their share to keep the EEOC busy, filing more discrimination complaints per capita than the national average. Even so, North Carolina filings fell last year after spiking upward in 2010.
Although the state accounts for just 3% of the nation’s population, 4.9% of all EEOC discrimination charges originated in North Carolina in fiscal year 2011.
Tar Heel State residents filed 4,918 EEOC discrimination and retaliation complaints last year. That’s 301 fewer than in 2010. In fact, North Carolina discrimination and retaliation charges were down in nine of the 10 categories the EEOC tracks.
The most common charge was race discrimination, with 1,959 filings, followed by retaliation (1,814) and sex discrimination (1,341).
Note: Many EEOC complaints allege several forms of discrimination, as well as retaliation.