A rash of recession-induced layoffs in 2001 helped propel job discrimination complaints to their highest level in six years, according to new data from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Employee complaints to the EEOC rose to 80,840 last year. That's the most since 1995, when the agency received 87,529 claims. The biggest jump in claims came from workers alleging discrimination based on age. Reason: Attorneys say the aging work force and a record number of layoffs were a potent legal mix.
The EEOC is also wrapping up cases more quickly. On average, the commission resolved bias charges in 182 days last year, a 34-day decline from 2000 and the lowest level since the early 1980s. To read more about the new enforcement data, visit www.eeoc.gov.