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Talk about being busy: EEOC flooded by discrimination complaints

Employees at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission who deal with the public weren't exactly idle last year.

Indeed, many of them likely worked nonstop throughout the federal government's fiscal year trying to keep up with a steady flow of complaints from employees across the country. A recent national article notes that 2017 was a frenetic year for EEOC examiners researching workplace discrimination complaints against American employers.

Reportedly, a whopping 84,254 discrimination charges were lodged with the EEOC by workers alleging wrongful on-the-job treatment meted out by bosses and co-workers. The commission states that it secured damage recoveries for victims through settlements and courtroom outcomes amounting to nearly $400 million.

An EEOC list of charges by category spotlights a familiar compendium of wrongdoing, with company retaliation leading the way. Nearly half of all formal complaints filed with the commission allege some form of retaliation against lawful employee conduct. Other prominent inclusions on the list allege discrimination based on race, disability, gender, age and sexual harassment.

We duly note on our website at Shepherd, Finkelman, Miller & Shah in Middlesex that employment discrimination is a vast and volatile sphere, with our attorneys having long played a central role within that realm. We serve nationally as lead counsel helping plaintiffs bring individual and class action complaints and also as advocates assisting companies defending against discrimination claims.

Employment-related allegations spotlighting workplace discrimination or harassment are serious matters. A proven employment law firm can help affected parties respond proactively and in a legally well-considered manner to them.

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