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And the Winner for Most Popular Discrimination Complaint in the US Is . . .

Ever wonder what the most popular discrimination complaint in the US is? According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the answer is racial discrimination / racial harassment. Following close behind are 2. sex discrimination / sexual harassment, 3. retaliation for making a discrimination complaint and 4. disability discrimination.

I’ve created the below chart from discrimination charge statistics published on the EEOC’s website. Because most people who file an EEOC charge list multiple types of discrimination, the total number of charges is actually less than what’s indicated, hovering around 75,000 to 80,000 per year.

Age discrimination is solidly in sixth place, but I suspect that will be rising significantly as the baby boom generation enters retirement age.

For more information, go to the EEOC’s statistics page.

eeocchargestats.GIFFor a low resolution gif version of the chart, right-click on the thumbnail image and save:

For a higher resolution pdf version of the chart, right-click and save this link: EEOC Charge Statistics by Year.



  • Tinat211

    My husband works 4-10 monday – thursday.  three weeks ago his boss told him and another co-worker not to make any more plan for the next 3 month on friday and saturday because there mandatory over-time.  no vacation can be taken either.  but the last two friday and saturday the boss call of friday and saturday because he had plan.  there no written schedule, just a “you have to work today…oh wait i have plan no work today…. but yes work next friday and saturday..and if you (my husband and coworker) calls out they will be written up….

    Is the company allow to do this?

    • Tara

      Tinat211, what U.S. State are you living in? Your employer can “ask” or “request” for your husband to work on a particular day, but if your husband and his coworker are flexibly scheduled employee’s or hourly employee’s, there is no law that states they “have to” do it. Maybe your husband and his coworker, should start “journaling” what is taking place on a daily basis there in the workplace and try to research what the “motives” of his supervisor are. However, based on your scenario, it would be difficult to say.

  • Dfgodinez

    i just recently went back to work do to carpal tunnel surgery i had clock out a supervisor was at the door checking employes  to make sure there is no stealing going on i was the first one out she ask me to open my handbag as i stood out watching i was the only one she ask to see my handbag then a male supervisor walk out with his lunch box and she did not ask him to open it what can i do

    • http://www.facebook.com/tara.brasfield Tara Yvette Brasfield PhDc

      Dfgodinez, what U.S. state are you living in and what is your job title? Is this a constant and ongoing issue at your workplace? You only speak of one issue that really is not detailing whether or not this takes place daily or at least once every week. Are there other issues that take place as well and how many minorities could this be happening to versus non-minorities? You have to show that this could be happening consistently to you or to others who fall under the various types of minority workers or if this could be happening because of other reasons. One situation will not make this scenario a valid claim for harassment of any kind. Journal your day to day activities and how often certain people are targeted. This may help you determine what is truly going on.

  • TookaStand

    As a state employee I’m currently targeted by not just my manager but 4 other managers who have deep financial, time, legal, and personnel resources provided by the tax payer that makes it so bad most employee’s won’t even attempt to stand up to the political appointees that really don’t care if my claim is sustained or not since the Governor will just appoint them to another post and the civil servant will go on being ostracized by the remaining managers and promotion hopeful coworkers. their motto “one retirement at a ttime”‘ im in AWOL for 1st time in 27years for a claim that I didmt report in which is a out and out lie. All is on my vocal”ckncern” about the appointees involvement with redurecting 126 million to local government interest that they previously had a vested interest and likely will again. my so called union is the current admins”puppets” that I’m forced to pay $90 a month to under an existing law written by those legislators that don’t correct the perception that the retirement benefits, job security and pay is all for the average rank& file but this just isn’t so. the blatant actions by the managers under the appointee are the worse I’ve witnessed in 25 years and with their current attacks against me. they might just get away with it because I’m becoming worn out trying to fight for the”people” when their elected officials are using the power of the office to push me out and away.