The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently
reported it received 82,792 private sector discrimination charge
filings during the 2007 fiscal year, the most incoming charges
since 2002 and the largest annual increase since 1993.
According to EEOC's report, allegations of discrimination based
on race, retaliation and gender were the most frequently filed
charges. Race-based discrimination charges increased 12 percent
from the 2006 fiscal year. Discrimination charges based on
retaliation increased 18 percent, and sex-based discrimination
charges increased 7 percent.
Additionally, charges for pregnancy-based discrimination
increased 14 percent to 5,587 from 4,901 during the 2006 fiscal
year. Sexual-harassment charges increased 4 percent to 12,510 from
12,025 during the 2006 fiscal year, and a record 16 percent of
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