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EEOC: Discrimination Charges Hit Record

January 25 2012

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received a record 99,947 charges of employment discrimination in the 2011 federal fiscal year, up 0.03 percent from 99,922 in the previous year. And the agency obtained $455.6 million in relief for workers through administrative and court actions — a record amount.

Charges of retaliation were the most numerous and made up 37.4 percent of all charges, according to the EEOC. Race discrimination charges ranked as the second-most common with 35.4 percent of charges. Sex discrimination charges were next with 28.5 percent of all charges.

Enforcement of Americans with Disabilities Act resulted in the highest monetary relief, garnering $103.4 million, up 35.9 percent from the previous year.


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