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.

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


  1. carlos gomez on February 15, 2019 at 3:10 am

    i work for a nonprofit whom is contracted by the state to distribute food boxes to lowincome seniors 60 and ond older . i began my work as a calworks paid worker ,my wages paid by a welfare program for 6months , i was hired on due to the shortage of free labor that was being provided by the state. at first i was hired on a partime oncall status. this i came to find out was due to this nonprofits lengthy history of using free labor and rarely hiring of personell to fullfill a gov. awarded contract . when no free labor was sent from welfare my partime hours turned fulltime .and without warning my hours would deminish due to a calworker and on occasion more than 1 would be sent out . this nonprofits compensation never at risk because it was calculated in accordance with the prevoius years productivities . and paid in advance . i feel in someway taken advantge of , is this legal ,and are theynot cheating our gov.


  2. TookaStand on October 14, 2013 at 12:29 am

    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.

  3. Dfgodinez on April 30, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    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

    • DrTara Brasfield on October 23, 2012 at 3:42 am

      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.

  4. Tinat211 on March 15, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    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 on October 23, 2012 at 3:36 am

      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.

      • Rudy campos on April 26, 2017 at 10:29 am

        I have been in a constant hostle work environment ever since I made a complaint about one of my supervisors and it was very serious complaint . It took me a little while to speak out about it but with good reasons . See I work at a casino in Hawaiian gardens ca, I was armed at one time but they told me I had to get a new firearm but I passed 4 trainings with my firearm but they said I git to go out and lurches a 500 and up firearm I read between the lines and they just didn’t want me to be armed. So one day a supervisor (francisco Lopez ) who was just prompted and started changing . One day while waiting for my car to warm up I was talking with a coworker an mr. Lopez stops in front of me and witness pulls his gun from hoster raises it so I can see and he an
        Smiled and made a notion with his head like ‘yes one day ‘ so I could thought maybe he is playing but you get firired for stuff like that the next time there was another witness .a very long story short : witness’s messed with till one of them got fired the other one demoted .. I’m so tired oft these bullies with guns singling me out and now there messing with my girl who works there too . It’s to much I need help no one will help h.r. She is an old friend of my boss so she only helps the boss and sups. . I don’t know what to do but I got to do something before I get beat or worse from these guys .

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