As the Economy Stumbles, Employment Discrimination Claims Climb

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Nationally, we are seeing a surge in employment discrimination claims, including age, gender, pregnancy and disability claims. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) saw the highest increase in discrimination charge filings last fiscal year, the largest annual increase (9%) since the early 1990s. After several years of falling and/or nearly flat year-to-year comparisons, filings jumped from 75,768 in fiscal year 2006 to 82,792 in fiscal year 2007. According to the EEOC, nearly all major charge categories showed significant percentage increases from the prior year — a rare occurrence.

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