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Top types of discrimination faced by workers in 2015

It is unfortunate that workplace discrimination continues to be prevalent in California and around the country. Data released by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission shows the most frequently occurring types of discrimination the federal agency investigated in fiscal 2015.

According to the EEOC, nearly 90,000 workplace discrimination complaints were filed with the agency in 2015 alone. Of the claim types, retaliation complaints were the most frequently occurring, increasing by 5 percent from the previous year. Disability complaints also increased and were the third largest category of discrimination charges filed with the agency.

The EEOC reported it was able to resolve a total of 92,641 discrimination charges during the year. In excess of $525 million was recovered for victims of workplace discrimination. Retaliation accounted for 44.5 percent of the filed complaints. Race discrimination was the second most reported discrimination type at 34.7 percent. Disability charges were closely followed by sex discrimination complaints. The top 10 filed charges were rounded out by age, national origin, religion, color, Equal Pay Act and Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act complaints.

Workplace discrimination on the basis of a person's protected status is forbidden by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Although this law has been in place for more than 50 years, discrimination still continues to occur with an alarming frequency. People who believe they have been the victims of workplace discrimination may want to consult with an employment law attorney. There is a limited time frame during which charges have to be filed with the EEOC. An attorney may help to guide the client through the complaint process.

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