Thursday, January 7, 2010

Chart of EEOC Charges 1997-2009

The EEOC released its 2009 charge statistics this week. Loyal readers may recall that I plotted last year's stats in an earlier post. Well, I produced an updated chart including the FY 2009 data:

Overall, it looks like there was a leveling off this past year after a huge rise in FY 2008. I made a few predictions in my post from last year. Let's see how I did:
  • First, as I already acknowledged (and attempted to justify), age bias charges were actually down this year (I predicted they'd keep rising).
  • Second, I said this would be a record year... it's the second highest total ever (still 12.7% higher than FY 2007). I was close... wrong... but close.
  • Finally, I said we'd see a surge in disability charges from the enactment of the ADA Amendments Act... at least one of my predictions came through! While the other categories were fairly flat, disability charges were up over 10%.
We'll see what FY 2010 has in store (I think I'll stay away from the predictions for now!).

Note: Stephanie Thomas created her own chart of EEOC data using a different format. If that name sounds familiar, she provided Lawffice Space with a summary of her expert statistical analysis in an age discrimination suit.