EEOC Records Drop In Job-Based Disability Discrimination Complaints
After two record-setting years, federal officials are reporting that complaints of disability-based job discrimination are down.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said charges of job bias related to disability dropped to 26,838 in 2017 from an all-time high of 28,073 the year prior.
The decline mirrors an overall decrease in complaints to the agency last year.
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The EEOC is tasked with monitoring disability-related workplace discrimination as well as employment discrimination complaints related to race, color, sex, age, religion, retaliation, pay equity, genetic information and national origin.
For 2017, 31.9 percent of the 84,254 charges received by the agency cited disability discrimination, the EEOC said.
Of the disability-related cases, 5,540 were resolved in favor of the person who brought the complaint and the agency secured $135.2 million in monetary benefits for them.