Complaints Filed With EEOC Reach Record High In 2010

By EGP Staff Report

Work place discrimination charges filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) hit an unprecedented high of 99,922 during the fiscal year (FY) 2010, according to a commission announcement this week.

The EEOC, which enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination, stated that while the number of cases reached an all time high in 2010, the year to year growth rate has dropped dramatically, down to less than 1 percent, compared to the 15.9 percent increase from 2008 to 2009.

The EEOC FY 2010 data also shows that educational training, and public outreach events reached about 250,000 people in underprivileged areas.

“We are pleased to see that our rebuilding efforts are having an impact on how efficiently and effectively the Commission enforces the civil rights laws protecting the nation’s workers,” said EEOC Chair Jacqueline A. Berrien.

Last year, the EEOC was able to obtain over $404 million in monetary benefits from employers through enforcement, mediation and litigation programs. The funds are used in promoting equal opportunities in the work place.

Until recently, race related issues consistently ranked as the number one complaint filed with the EEOC since its inception in 1965. Today, the number of complaints filed for retaliation under the Equal Pay Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities and Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act have surpassed race.

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