May 2008

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Job bias charges increase

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 sexual-harassment charges...

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