Discrimination complaints in 2007 saw their largest annual increase since the early 1990s, as the EEOC reported double-digit percentage hikes in almost every kind of discrimination charge. The EEOC fielded 82,792 complaints in 2007, up 9% compared to 2006.
Race discrimination continued to lead the field, but for the first time, retaliation was the second most common complaint. Since 1965, when the commission was created, sex and gender discrimination had consistently held down the No. 2 spot. It fell to third last year.
“This is the greatest one-year increase in more than a decade,” said Elizabeth Bille, counsel of the EEOC’s Office of the Vice Chair. She announced the statistics on March 10 at the Society for Human Resource ’s 2008 Employment Law and Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. “Retaliation has more than doubled since 1992. It's a remarkable change.”
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