Thursday, February 15, 2007

Real-World Discrimination: More Charges of Job Bias Filed in 2006

A total of 75,768 discrimination charges against private employers, including a record 4,901 pregnancy discrimination charges, were received by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity commission (EEOC) in 2006, according to data reported February 1, 2007. It is the first increase in the number of charges filed since 2002. A record 15 percent of sexual harassment charges were filed by men.

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The year-end statistics, available online at , show that the most frequent types of discrimination alleged were based on race (27,238), sex (23,247) and retaliation (22,555). In addition, disability (15,625), age (13,569), national origin (8,327) and religion (2,541) were also cited as basis for charges. Individuals may allege multiple types of discrimination in a single filing. Another 12,025 sexual harassment charges were filed with the EEOC and state or local Fair Employment Practices Agencies combined. Of these charges, 74,308 were resolved, including a record 8,201 cases resolved through voluntary mediation. Favorable outcomes for the charging parties, also referred to as the merit factor rate, reached a historic high of more than 22 percent.

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