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EEOC Charges Reach All-Time High


The Miami office of the EEOC released its 2011 numbers last week.  It was a busy year for the agency.  Employees filed a record 5,263 charges of discrimination last year.  That number is up from 5,077 filed in 2010. 

The most popular chargers were charges of retaliation, and race or sex discrimination.  Age discrimination charges were also up.

These numbers should come as no real surprise - the nationwide numbers show similar trends.  Nationally, the EEOC took in more charges last year than ever before. 

The EEOC claims the increase in the number of charges is a result of "more people becoming aware of their rights".  I doubt that is entirely accurate.  It is more likely that the numbers are up because the economy continues to languish.  When employees lose their jobs in a bad economy, they will consider all options.  And, one option is to bring claims against their former employer.  As long as the economy continues to sputter along, I expect that the EEOC (and labor and employment attorneys) will continue to be busy.

 
 
 
 
 

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Michael W. Casey III, Kevin E. Vance, Mark J. Beutler, and Teresa M. Maestrelli practice labor and employment law, with a particular focus on labor and employment litigation, including Title VII, ADEA, ADA, Florida Civil Rights Act, and whistleblower claims, as well as non-compete litigation, in state and federal trial and appellate courts in Florida and throughout the United States. They also represent employers before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the National Mediation Board (NMB), the U.S. Department of Labor, including the Wage and Hour Division and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and various state and local agencies, as well as in arbitrations, collective-bargaining negotiations and union representation elections. Hector A. Chichoni practices in the area of US and global immigration law. He chairs Duane Morris's Florida Immigration Practice. The editors of Chambers USA 2010 also selected Mr. Chichoni as a "Leader in the Immigration Field." He has represented a vast number of corporate and individual clients throughout his career ranging from premier US health care organizations, Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies, multinational corporations and universities to doctors, professors, researchers and students. His international experience includes handling matters relating to export controls and global corporate compliance and business transactions. He has represented clients in a wide variety of cases before the US Immigration Court.
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