EEOC Reports Record Number of Discrimination Charges Filed in 2011

Employment Attorney Bob SheaBy: Bob Shea

In a press release issued on January 25, 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) reported that 99,947 discrimination charges were filed in FY 2011 (which ended September 30, 2011), which constitutes an all-time high for discrimination claims filed against employers in the United States. For the second year in a row, retaliation was the leading type of discrimination alleged, accounting for 37% of the charges filed with the EEOC, followed by race, age and disability discrimination.

For analysis of why retaliation claims have increased over the years and advice on how employers can respond, see our article “Why Retaliation Claims Are on the Rise and What Employers Can Do About It“.

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