The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released statistics
showing that with the health of the nation's economy in decline, and
unemployment rates climbing to a staggering 10% of the American population,
employment discrimination claims are on the rise. In fact, EEOC has reported that private sector
employees have filed a record number of discrimination claims against
employers during the fiscal 2010 year, as the number of claims filed rose
7% from 2009 and even more striking, jumped up by 21% from the 2007 fiscal year.
The nature of these claims is also changing. While historically the majority
of complaints in employment discrimination claims dealt with racial discrimination,
last year the number retaliation claims, involving employees who complained
of discrimination and then were adversely impacted, outnumbered claims
of racial discrimination.
These findings raise interesting questions as to the correlation of increased
lay-offs in a time of economic downfall, and the heightened possibility
of employment discrimination, In such a grave working environment, employees
must be weary of such discrimination and be mindful of their rights under the law.
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