More complaints of disability-related job discrimination were filed last year than ever before, new statistics show.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received 26,379 claims of job bias citing disability issues in fiscal year 2012. That’s up slightly from 25,742 filed the prior year.
Of the disability-related cases handled last year, the EEOC said they found that allegations in 5,907 had merit.
Aside from disability, the EEOC monitors employment discrimination complaints based on a variety of factors including race, sex, age, religion and national origin.
Overall, the number of job bias complaints filed with the EEOC was down somewhat in 2012, with a total of 99,412 charges filed by private sector workers. Disability claims, however, have increased every year since 2005.