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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.

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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