Experts say that the economic recession has something to do with the growing number of employment discrimination charges filed against employers before the office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Despite the EEOC’s strict monitoring and pursuit of employers initiating employment discrimination based on race, age, sex, religion and disability, their recent report conclude that the number of complaints last year coming from the workers and job applicants has hit the most number.
In the statistics released by the EEOC, it showed that 100,000 charges from employees and job applicants have been recorded last year. In history, this is the most number of charges ever recorded within the span of 46 years. The agency also managed to collect $365 million monetary relief for alleged victims of employment discrimination.
Analyzing the figures gathered by the agency, it is proven to be similar to probing the national economic downturn since both are closely related to each other. A representative from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) said that employment discrimination charges filed within the EEOC tend to reflect what is happening in the economy.
For the past decade, the EEOC has seen a significant rise in number of complaints filed at the agency following the recession of the weak economy over the last four years.
At present, experts are claiming that the growing number of employment discrimination would not fall while the job market is at stake.
In the figures released by the EEOC, cases handled by employment law attorneys from the complainant were not included. Thus, combining all the number of complaints would definitely result to higher numbers than the one shown previously by the agency.