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EEOC RELEASES FISCAL YEAR 2014 DATA

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released comprehensive data detailing the 88,778 charges of workplace discrimination the agency received from October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014 (“FY 2014”).

The most common types of claims included in charges filed in FY 2014:

-Retaliation under all statutes (43%)
-Race ( 35%)
-Sex, including pregnancy and sexual harassment (29.3%)
-Disability (28.6%)
-Age (23.2%)
-National Origin (10.8%)
-Religion (4%)
-Color (3.1%)
-Equal Pay Act (1.1%)
-Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (0.4%)

The data includes a breakdown of charges per state and in FY 2014, Ohio had 2,893 total charges—more than half of which were race and sex claims. For the past 5 years, the majority of Ohio’s charges have consisted of race and sex claims. A full breakdown of Ohio charges can be found at   http://www1.eeoc.gov/eeoc/statistics/enforcement/charges_by_state.cfm#centercol

This data provides employers with useful information of the current trends in charges for and targeted areas of discrimination to emphasize in training. If you would like to discuss these statistics or how to improve your internal policies and procedures, please contact one of CPM’s employment attorneys. 

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