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January 27, 2012

Workplace Discrimination Rises in 2011

Claims of physically/mentally challenged discrimination in the workplace rose again in 2011.  This trend has been occurring for the last six years.  These findings are based on information gathered by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission.  (EEOC)

EEOC representatives stated that approximately 10,000 claims of workplace discrimination were filed last year.  25,000+ were physically/mentally challenged related.  This is the highest figure since the EEOC began implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1992.

“Discrimination continues to be a substantial problem for too many job seekers and workers, and we must continue to build our capacity to enforce the laws that ensure that workplaces are free of unlawful bias,” EEOC Chairwoman Jacqueline Berrien said in a press release.

These figures of workplace discrimination based on physical/mental challenge represented a 2.3% increase since 2010.  The number of discrimination claims filed regarding this population was twice as much since 2005.   Other classifications people claimed workplace discrimination against included race, sex, and religion.

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