Workplace Disability Discrimination Claims At Record High
Complaints of disability-based job discrimination are on the rise, hitting an all-time high, federal officials say.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said charges of job bias related to disability rose 6 percent to total 26,968 for the 2015 fiscal year.
That’s the highest number on record and comes after two straight years of declines.
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Of all the disability-related claims received last year, 6,069 were resolved in favor of the person who brought the complaint, the EEOC said, with the agency collecting nearly $129 million in monetary benefits for those harmed.
In total, the EEOC received 89,385 charges of workplace discrimination last year. Disability played a role in nearly a third of them.
The EEOC began tracking disability-related workplace discrimination in 1992. In addition, the agency also monitors employment discrimination complaints related to race, color, sex, age, religion, pregnancy, genetic information and national origin.