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Texas EEOC complaints up for second straight year

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Texas employees are doing more than their share to keep the EEOC busy, filing more discrimination charges per capita than the national average. Although Texas accounts for just 8% of the nation’s population, 10% of all EEOC discrimination charges originated in the Lone Star State in fiscal year 2011.

Texas residents filed 9,952 EEOC discrimination and retaliation complaints last year, 642 more than in 2010. That represents a 7% year-to-year increase, and complaints are up 14% from 2009.

More Texans alleged they suffered retaliation than any particular form of discrimination—4,080 in all.

Note: Many EEOC discrimination charges also allege retaliation.

Among those who claimed discrimination, the most common allegation was race discrimination, with 3,610 charges. Second most was sex discrimination (2,925), followed by disability discrimination (2,335) and age bias (2,121).

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