Retaliation Most Common EEOC Charge

02.07.2012
HR & Safety

The EEOC received a record 99,000-plus discrimination charges in fiscal year 2011, up slightly from last year, and obtained $455 million in relief, a more than $51 million increase over last year.

Charges claiming retaliation were once again the most common type filed, accounting for nearly 38% of all charges, followed closely by race, sex, disability, and age discrimination charges. Retaliation charges have spiked since 2007, says the Commission, following two U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

The EEOC’s enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act produced the highest increase in monetary relief, up by 35% to $103 million. Back impairments were the most frequently cited impairment under the ADA, followed by other orthopedic impairments, depression, anxiety disorder, and diabetes.

For the first full year of enforcement, the EEOC received 245 charges under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of genetic information, including family medical history. So far, none of these charges has proceeded to litigation.

The Commission also resolved more charges than it took in, ending the year with a 10% decrease in inventory, the first time since 2002 the agency has seen a reduction.

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