September 28, 2012
by Rebecca Watkins

Discriminatory practices or just claims increasing?

According to MSNBC reports, the EEOC received a record 99,947 job-related discrimination complaints in 2011.  The largest increase is in the area of religious discrimination, with increases in national origin and disability complaints as well.  This shifting pattern of complaints may reflect a growing diversity in the work force.  The overall increase  may be a side effect of a poor economy, which means a high number of complaints can be expected for 2012 as well.  The EEOC has faced budget cuts in the past year, and with the increase of complaints may shift its focus to widespread problems or be more interested in settlement.

For an historic overview of EEOC complaints from 1997 to present, visit the EEOC website at: