By Pamela Wolf, J.D. In its fiscal year 2015, the EEOC received 89,385 charges of workplace discrimination, up from 88,778 in FY 2014. Retaliation charges were up nearly 5 percent (39,757 in FY 2015 vs. 37,955 in FY 2014) and continue to be the leading concern raised by workers across the country, according to the data released by the Commission on February 11. Disability charges increased by 6 percent from last year (26,968 in FY 2015 compared to 25,369 in FY 2014) and are the third largest category of charges filed. Race charges comprise the second largest category. Charge data. Retaliation again was the most frequently filed charge of discrimination, with 39,757 charges, making up 45 percent of all private sector charges filed with EEOC, according to year-end data. The Commission noted that it is currently seeking public input on its proposed update of enforcement guidance addressing retaliation and related issues. In FY 2015, the following number of charges were filed according to bases alleged (percentages add up to more than 100 because some charges allege multiple bases):
- Retaliation: 39,757 (44.5% of all charges filed)
- Race: 31,027 (34.7%)
- Disability: 26,968 (30.2%)
- Sex: 26,396 (29.5%)
- Age: 20,144 (22.5%)
- National Origin: 9,438 (10.6%)
- Religion: 3,502 (3.9%)
- Color: 2,833 (3.2%)
- Equal Pay Act: 973 (1.1%)
- Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act: 257 (0.3%)
- In the Abercrombie case, the Supreme Court held that an employer may not make a job applicant's religious practices a factor in employment decisions, even if the employer only suspects the practice is religious in nature.
- EEOC's updated pregnancy guidance [in light of Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc.] ensures that employers make reasonable accommodations for pregnant women who need them to keep working.
- EEOC's sexual harassment and retaliation case against New Breed Logistics resulted in the Sixth Circuit ruling for the first time that Title VII protects workers from retaliation for telling harassers to stop their harassment.
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