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EEOC details 2015 workplace discrimination

By Mark Iandolo | Feb 16, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has released breakdowns of all 89,385 workplace discrimination charges the agency received during fiscal 2015. 

Details of the report include statistics showing retaliation charges increased by nearly 5 percent. This is the main concern of workers across the country, making up 45 percent of all private sector charges filed with EEOC. Additionally, disability charges increased by 6 percent from last year, the commission said.

EEOC secured more than $525 million for discrimination victims in 2015, resolving 92,641 charges. It did so through a combination of voluntary resolutions and litigation.

"Over the past year, EEOC removed barriers to hire and obtained relief for thousands of people facing retaliation, unfair pay, harassment and other forms of discrimination," said EEOC Chairwoman Jenny Yang. "At the same time, we demonstrated our strong commitment to working with employers to voluntarily resolve charges of discrimination by achieving the highest mediation and conciliation success rates in our history."

The three most-often cited allegations were retaliation, race and disability discrimination charges, the EEOC said.

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