In 2015, retaliation charges increased by nearly five percent and continues to be the leading concern raised by workers across the country. In our ever litigious society, should an employer feel disgruntled, they will make it known – or their lawyer will.
The U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released breakdowns of the 89,385 charges of workplace discrimination that the agency received during the 2015 fiscal year.
EEOC resolved 92,641 charges during this time and secured more than $525 million for victims of discrimination in the private sector and state and local government workplaces through voluntary resolutions and litigation.
The top 10 charges were as follows:
- Retaliation: 39,757 accounts
- Race: 31,027
- Disability: 26,968
- Sex: 26,396
- Age: 20,144
- National Origin: 9,438
- Religion: 3,502
- Color: 2,833
- Equal Pay Act: 973
- General Information Non-Discrimination Act: 257
With that information stated, all business owners should take action to ensure their company runs correctly and has proper protection in place, should a lawsuit be filed against it.