EEOC Discrimination Claims Reach Record High.
U.S. employees filed 99,947 charges of job discrimination with the EEOC in fiscal year 2011, which ended Sept. 30. That’s the highest number of job bias complaints filed by employees in the EEOC’s 46-year history.
During the first decade of this century, employees (on average) filed about 79,000 complaints annually of race, sex, age, disability, religion or national origin discrimination. In fiscal 2010, that number spiked to 99,922, fed by the poor economy and a new EEOC outreach program encouraging workers to file claims.
In addition, the EEOC finished 2011 with a 10% reduction in its inventory of pending cases—the first such reduction since 2002.
The message: The EEOC is no longer the agency where charges go to die. Employers can expect more aggressive enforcement and quicker resolutions of cases.