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Bias Charges Rise 7% in 2007

Published by on March 5, 2008

According to statistics released today, employment discrimination charge filings with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission rose 7% overall in 2007.  All categories showed double-digit percentage increases in the number of filings except for sex/gender claims, which only increased 7%.  The EEOC also recovered $345 million for charging parties in 2007, up from $274 million […]

According to statistics released today, employment discrimination charge filings with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission rose 7% overall in 2007.  All categories showed double-digit percentage increases in the number of filings except for sex/gender claims, which only increased 7%.  The EEOC also recovered $345 million for charging parties in 2007, up from $274 million in 2006.

The EEOC’s press release is here.  Historical charge statistics are available here.

Retaliation claims rose to second place for the first time, up 18% to a record high.  This increase may be attributable, in part, to the Supreme Court’s decision in Burlington Northern v. White, decided in June 2006.  The White decision (which can be read here) held that employees could bring retaliation claims for materially adverse acts of retaliation that occured outside of the workplace.  At the time, employment lawyers predicted the decision would have a “huge effect” on retaliation claims (see N.Y. Times article here).  An 18% increase in charges would suggest this prediction was accurate.

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