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Job-bias claims in 2002 saw biggest one-year jump in decade

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in Employment Law,Human Resources

Here's one more reason to crank up your anti-discrimination training: Job-discrimination complaints filed in 2002 with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) jumped 4.5 percent over the previous year, the largest one-year increase since 1993.

Employees filed 84,442 complaints last year, the highest complaint total in seven years. Here's the breakdown, plus how the total compared with the prior year: (The list totals more than 84,442 because employees often claim multiple types of discrimination.)

Race: 29,910 (up 3.5%)

Sex: 25,536 (up 1.6%)

Retaliation: 22,768 (up 2%)

Age: 19,921 (up 14.5%)

Disability: 15,964 (down 3%)

National origin: 9,046 (up 13%)

Religion: 2,572 (up 21%)

Equal pay: 1,256 (unchanged)

For more details on the EEOC's FY 2002 charge statistics, go to www.eeoc.gov/stats.

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