EEOC: Discrimination claims up 26% since 2006

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Private-sector employees filed 95,400 charges of job discrimination with the EEOC in fiscal year 2008. That’s up 15.2% from the previous year and up 26% from 2006, according to a Washington Post report.

Claims of race bias have been the most popular claim, followed by retaliation, sex, age, disability, national origin and religion.

But as claims have increased, the EEOC has decreased its staff size by one-quarter since 2001. As a result, the EEOC’s backlog of unresolved cases has climbed, and less than half of bias charges were resolved within 180 days.

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