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Job discrimination charges hit all-time high

Updated: May 5, 2011 4:22PM

Private sector workplace discrimination charge filings hit a record 99,922 nationally in fiscal 2010, rising 7.1 percent over the year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Tuesday.

For the first time, retaliation surpassed race as the most frequently filed charged, accounting for 36.3 percent of charges with race accounting for 35.9 percent. Filed charges increased across all categories, with race, sex, disability and age among the top five categories.

The record number of overall filings may be linked to economic conditions, increased diversity and demographic shifts in the labor force as well as improvements in EEOC’s intake practices, the agency said.

The agency said it secured more than $404 million in monetary benefits from employers through its enforcement, mediation and litigation programs. The EEOC resolved 104,999 private sector charges, filed 250 lawsuits, and resolved 285 lawsuits.

—Francine Knowles

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