New Record for Discrimination Claims

Employment discrimination charges filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reached an all-time high in 2011.

A total of 99,947 charges of employment discrimination were filed with the EEOC in Fiscal 2011, compared to  99,922 in Fiscal 2010. This sets a new record for discrimination claims.

Once again, charges alleging retaliation under all the statutes the EEOC enforces were the most numerous at 37,334 charges received, or 37.4 percent of all charges, followed by charges of race discrimination ( 35,395) and sex discrimination (28,534).

Other allegations include:

  • Disability discrimination–25,742
  • Age discrimination—23,465
  • National Origin  discrimination – 11,833
  • Religious discrimination – 4,151
  • Color discrimination – 2,832
  • Equal Pay Act – 919
  • Genetic Discrimination Act – 245

The EEOC filed 300 lawsuits in 2011, which resulted in $91 million of relief.  Twenty-three of the lawsuits involved systemic allegations involving large numbers of people.

Through its combined litigation, enforcement, mediation programs, the EEOC obtained  $455.6 million in relief for private sector, state, and local employees and applicants,  an increase of more than $51 million from the 2010 fiscal year and a new record for the agency.

Of possible interest to workplace anti-bully advocates, the EEOC’s enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) produced the highest increase in monetary relief among all of the statutes the EEOC enforces: the administrative relief obtained for disability discrimination charges increased by almost 35.9 percent to $103.4 million.  Back impairments were the most frequently cited impairment under the ADA, followed by other orthopedic impairments, depression, anxiety disorder and diabetes. Many of these ADA claims could be stress related – targets of workplace bullying suffer high levels of stress that are blamed for short-and long-term physical impairment.

The EEOC enforces Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

The fiscal year 2011 enforcement and litigation statistics, which include trend data, are available on the EEOC’s website at

One in Eight Health Workers Bullied in Britain

Here’s a BBC story of a recent survey of health workers that shows almost one in eight experience bullying or harassment. The department adopted a workplace bulllying policy in 2008. PGB


Health staff ‘suffering bullying’

By Justin Parkinson; Political reporter, BBC News

Almost one in eight Department of Health staff have experienced bullying or harassment at work, a civil service survey suggests.

The survey also reports that nearly one in 10 workers say they have experienced discrimination.

The survey of more than 2,000 civil servants was carried out last year, with staff asked questions about the previous 12 months.

A department spokesman said there was “no place” for abuse at work.

Of the 2,057 staff who responded to a question on whether they had personally experienced discrimination at work during the past

year, 9% said they had. Some 84% said they had not and 7% preferred not to say.

‘Dignity and respect’

Asked the same question about bullying and harassment, 2,056 people replied. Some 12% said they had experienced such problems, while 83% had not and 6% would not say.

The Civil Service-wide People Survey was carried out for the first time from October to November last year.

The Department of Health’s own previous staff survey results are not directly comparable, as employees were asked to confirm that they had “not” personally experienced bullying or harassment over the previous three months.

Over the period from June 2008 to June 2009, the proportion agreeing to this statement increased from 74% to 84%.

The spokesman said: “All Department of Health staff have the right to be treated with consideration, fairness, dignity and respect. There is absolutely no place in the workplace for abuse of any sort.

“We launched our Bullying and Harassment policy in March 2008 to emphasise that any form of bullying or harassment is unacceptable and procedures for how employees can raise a complaint.

“We will continue to monitor the situation through regular staff surveys. Any cases of bullying or harassment will be fully investigated and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.”

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2010/02/11 09:21:24 GMT