Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Charts of EEOC Charges 1997-2010

The EEOC released charge statistics for FY 2010 today. A few highlights:
  • A new record! Almost 100,000 charges filed, up 7.1% from last year.
  • GINA was counted for the first time. Only 201 charges were filed.
  • Disability (ADA) charges shot up 17%, passing Age discrimination to become the third most popular type of discrimination
  • Every type of discrimination saw more charges filed this year than last year.
Below is a chart depicting the number of charges filed each year from 1997 through 2010, broken down by type of discrimination. GINA has been left off as essentially a non-factor with no pre-2010 data. Total claims and retaliation are depicted in a separate chart.

And now the chart showing retaliation and total charges filed. You'll see that both have drastically risen in recent years:

Also, as I noted previously, there is a trend toward including more types of discrimination in individual claims.

And there you have it folks, the record year of 2010.

Posted by Philip Miles, an attorney with McQuaide Blasko in State College, Pennsylvania in the firm's civil litigation and labor and employment law practice groups.

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