Thursday, March 12, 2009
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) yesterday announced that workplace discrimination charge filings with the federal agency nationwide soared to an unprecedented level of 95,402 during Fiscal Year 2008, which ended Sept. 30. This is a 15% increase from the previous fiscal year. The FY 2008 data also show that the EEOC filed 290 lawsuits, resolved 339 lawsuits, and resolved 81,081 private sector charges. Here are the FY 2008 enforcement and litigation statistics, which include trend data.
According to the FY 2008 data, all major categories of charge filings in the private sector (which includes charges filed against state and local governments) increased. Charges based on age and retaliation saw the largest annual increases, while allegations based on race, sex and retaliation continued as the most frequently filed charges.
An article in yesterday's Wall Street Journal contains a nice bar chart of the increased filings by category, and a focused discussion on why age claims may be up so dramatically.
Hat tip: Randy Enochs via Paul Secunda.