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Tortoise to hare: EEOC speeds resolution of bias cases

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Employment Law,Human Resources

If an employee files a discrimination charge against you with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), don't expect the case to hang in limbo. Reason: The EEOC is processing new discrimination charges faster than ever.

On average, the EEOC resolved an employee's bias charge in 182 days in fiscal 2001. That's down from 216 days a year earlier. Five years ago, it took the agency twice as long, 379 days, to process the average charge.

In addition, the agency's inventory of pending charges is down to 32,481, its lowest level in 20 years.

At the same time it's speeding up processing, the EEOC is receiving more claims. In fiscal 2001, employees filed 80,800 discrimination charges, the highest since 1995. The most popular type of claim? Race discrimination, followed in order by sex discrimination, retaliation, disability discrimination and age discrimination.

For advice on how to handle an EEOC charge and comply with federal discrimination laws, visit www.eeoc.gov/qs-employers.html.

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