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.