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Discrimination in the Workplace Sets New Record High in 2009

January 6, 2010

In a report released today by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), that our California Labor and Employment Lawyers have been following, during the Fiscal Year (FY) 2009, 93,277 charges of workplace discrimination throughout the nation were registered with the EEOC, with monetary relief obtained for the victims that totaled over $376 million. This is the second highest level of discrimination charges ever filed with the commission.

According to the EEOC data, equal employment opportunity still seems unreachable for many workers, and the EEOC stresses that employers must work harder to create employment environments that are free from discrimination--to also avoid being sued by the Commission.

The data from FY 2009 show that job discrimination charges in the private sector, including complaints against local and state governments, allege that workplace bias based on religion, national origin, and disability peaked at all time record highs. Discrimination based on age reached the second-highest level of complaints ever, and the most commonly filed charges alleged race discrimination, retaliation, and discrimination based on gender. The Commission also resolved more charges than ever under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as well as allegations of unlawful harassment.

The total discrimination filings are reported to be possibly due to many factors--increased diversity and shift in demographics in the workforce, greater public access to the Commission, economic conditions, and worker awareness of employment rights. The EEOC has also cut down the steps needed for an individual employee to file a charge.

In FY 2009, the EEOC recovered monetary relief that totaled more than $376 million for thousands of employment discrimination victims through the enforcement of laws, mediation and litigation programs, and also achieved significant remedial relief that has benefited millions of employees throughout the country.

Our lawyers at Howard Law, PC believe that all employees are entitled to a workplace free from unlawful discrimination based on age, disability, religion, national origin or gender. If you or someone you know has experienced workplace discrimination in Orange County and throughout Southern California, contact our attorneys today for a free consultation.

Job Bias Charges Approach Record High in Fiscal Year 2009, EEOC Reports, EEOC Press Release, January 6, 2010

Related Web Resources:

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, (EEOC)