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Charges of race and sex discrimination on the job declined in South Carolina in 2012 – but charges of religious discrimination went up.

That’s according to new figures from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

There were a total of 1,232 South Carolina job discrimination charges filed by the EEOC last year, which accounts for 1.2 percent of the national total.

The leading claim was religious discrimination – 482 cases, or 39 percent of the total. That’s down more than 100 from 2011.

There were 383 claims of sexual discrimination or sexual harassment in South Carolina (31 percent), a drop from 405 in 2011.

But religious discrimination cases rose in 2012: a total of 42 cases (3 percent). That’s up from the 37 files opened in 2011.

The improved workplace bias numbers were not unique to South Carolina. Discrimination claims of all types – race, sex, national origin, and religion – were down nationwide.

The EEOC recovered $356 million for victims of workplace discrimination across the country in 2012.

Following is from the EEOC news release:
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced that it received 99,412 private sector workplace discrimination charges during fiscal year 2012, down slightly from the previous year. The year-end data also show that retaliation (37,836), race (33,512) and sex discrimination (30,356), which includes allegations of sexual harassment and pregnancy were, respectively, the most frequently filed charges. . . .

. . . Also this fiscal year, the agency obtained the largest amount of monetary recovery from private sector and state and local government employers through its administrative process – $365.4 million.

In fiscal year 2010, the EEOC filed 122 lawsuits including 86 individual suits, 26 multiple-victim suits (with fewer than 20 victims) and 10 systemic suits. The EEOC’s legal staff resolved 254 lawsuits for a total monetary recovery of $44.2 million.
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Overall, the agency secured both monetary and non-monetary benefits for more than 23,446 people.

Sexual harassment is prohibited under the federal Civil Rights Act, which makes it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sex as well as other protected categories like race, national origin and religion. It applies to all businesses with 15 employees or more and to all levels of government and labor organizations.

View the EEOC’s year-end statistical report – which includes a breakdown of discrimination claims by state and by type of claim – here.

Source: EEOC

A growing number of women are filing pregnancy discrimination claims with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), according to a Marketwatch report by Kristen Grencher published on Wednesday, October 24th. Pregnancy discrimination claims have jumped 45 percent since 1992, and the EEOC received 4,901 complaints last year, up from 4,287 filed in 2001.

Last month, the EEOC charged business information provider Bloomberg with engaging in a pattern of reducing the pay of female employees after they announced their pregnancies or when they returned from maternity leave. The lawsuit alleges some women were replaced by junior male counterparts, excluded from management meetings, and subjected to stereotypes about their ability to perform their jobs because of their family responsibilities.

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A recent employment discrimination case sheds light on the toll disability discrimination can take on people who already struggle with debilitating lifelong illnesses.

The plaintiff in the Brown v. Kelly Servs., Inc. case in New Jersey was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) about a year after a promotion at her employer, an employment services agency. That’s when her troubles began – though Brown needed special furniture, such as an ergonomically correct workstation, and revised work responsibilities to allow her to continue working, her employer refused to provide them. In addition, other co-workers without disabilities who asked for furniture were given the furniture without question. The agency that employed Brown even gave her more face-to-face sales calls to complete, which impacted her ability to work at all.

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