EEOC: Job Bias Claims Remain High

Job bias charges reported to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) remained close to a record high of nearly 100,000 in fiscal year 2012, even as the volume of cases fell.

The EEOC confirmed that it received a record 99,412 charges of private sector employment discrimination in fiscal year 2012, down slightly (-0.5 percent) from last year’s total.

Monetary relief obtained for victims totaled $365.4 million – the largest amount of monetary recovery from private sector and state and local government employers through its administrative process, the EEOC said.

The year-end data show that retaliation (37,836), race (33,512) and sex discrimination (30,356), which includes allegations of sexual harassment and pregnancy, were, respectively, the most frequently filed charges.

Retaliation charges under all statutes enforced by the EEOC again rose by 1.3 percent in FY 2012, after increasing by 3 percent in FY 2011.

The number of charges alleging sex discrimination (30,356) increased by 6 percent, while charges based on disability discrimination (26,379) were up 3 percent.

The EEOC also received 280 charges under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of genetic information, including family medical history.

In a press release, the EEOC said it achieved a significant reduction in its charge inventory for a second consecutive year, something not seen since 2002. The pending inventory of private sector charges was reduced by 10 percent from fiscal year 2011, bringing the inventory level to 70,312.

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