Disability Discrimination Complaints Are Rising: Is Your New York or New Jersey Business Prepared?


According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, last year was a record year for workplace discrimination claims. Through its enforcement, mediation, and litigation efforts, the EEOC obtained a record $455.6 million in relief, an increase of $51 million over 2010 figures.

The EEOC’s yearly reports are important because they reveal trends in the types of charges employees are filing as well as how they are being resolved by the EEOC. This year, the report highlights a growing area of concern for New Jersey and New York employers—disability discrimination lawsuits.

While race and sex discrimination allegations declined from the previous year, disability discrimination claims rose 2.3% to 25,742 and accounted for 25.8% of the total. In addition, the agency’s enforcement of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) produced the highest increase in monetary relief among all of the statutes...

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