Business Is Booming . . . for the EEOC, Anyway

Many employers continued to face financial challenges in 2011. But business is booming for at least one group. The EEOC received a record number of complaints last year–almost 100,000 in all.

Almost half (40%) of the complaints alleged unlawful retaliation, making it the most “popular” type of claim. Race- and sex-discrimination claims ranked second and third highest.

The newest law on the EEOC’s enforcement task list is GINA, the Genetic Nondiscrimination Act. As expected, there were few GINA complaints filed–only 245 in 2011.

There could be any number of reasons for the increasing amount of discrimination complaints filed with the EEOC. Unfortunately, though, it doesn’t seem that this trend is likely to slow any time soon.